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 military have 'fingers on trigger waiting Iraq orders'

A US military source has told NBC News that their "fingers are on the trigger" awaiting orders to launch air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq.

The Pentagon was earlier forced to deny reports the US had already struck targets in Iraq, but sources claimed Barack Obama was considering air strikes against IS fighters following their surge across northern Iraq.

NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel reports:

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