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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 warplanes return to Iraq after three years away

Three years after pulling out the last US troops from Iraq, president Obama ordered warplanes to bomb advancing Islamist fighters in the north of the country.

The militants are threatening both a major Kurdish city and tens of thousands of members of a religious minority trapped in the Sinjar mountains, fearing for their lives.

Several US strikes have already taken place, and while Britain has ruled out military action, it will make humanitarian aid drops.

ITV News Washington correspondent Robert Moore reports on the American action:

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