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 in danger of being sucked in to two civil wars

There is a real danger for the White House right now because despite good intentions there is a risk of the US being sucked into not one but two civil wars: the Islamic State is at the heart of conflicts in both Iraq and Syria.

Will the US just try to stall the IS advance or try to decapitate the terrorist group, using armed drones to go after al-Baghdadi, the IS leader?

Barack Obama is now the fourth consecutive US president asking his forces to go to war in Iraq.

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