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US journalist released from Syria 'overwhelmed with emotion'

A US journalist released earlier this week after almost two years of imprisonment in Syria said he was "overwhelmed with emotion" because of the attention he has received upon returning home.

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was captured in 2012 by Nusra Front and was only released on Sunday.

He said: "I suddenly remember how good the American people are, and what kindness they have in their hearts."

Meanwhile, Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, who is suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, has been killed in the Middle East, a US security official has said.

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Obama rules out sending US troops back to Iraq

President Barack Obama says he will not allow the US to be dragged back into another war in Iraq as he ruled out sending combat troops back to the country.

Mr Obama, who has authorised targeted air strikes against Islamist fighters, said there was no decision he took more seriously than the use of military force

"As Commander-in-Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq," Mr Obama said.

"And so even as we support Iraqis as they take the fight to these terrorists, American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq, because there’s no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq."

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