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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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Top cleric urges Iraqis to unite against Islamist militants

Iraq's top cleric has called on Iraqis to unite and confront the "big danger" posed by Islamic State militants.

During his weekly sermon, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani also blamed Iraq's politicians for the crisis, saying they are only motivated by "self-interest."

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