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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US confirms air strike in Iraq

The US have conducted an air strike in Iraq, Pentagon press spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby has confirmed:

US officials told NBC News that two US Navy FA-18s dropped two bombs on ISIS enemy forces outside Erbil. The fighter jets flew off the USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

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