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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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US to support Iraq from 'north to south' in IS fight

America is committed to supporting Iraq from "north to south" in its fight against Islamist fighters, US Vice President Joe Biden has told Iraqi President Fuad Maum.

Earlier the US carried out a second wave of air strikes against Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq near Irbil.

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