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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 deploy military' when Iraq forms new government

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that once Iraq has formed a new "inclusive" government, the US is ready to deploy military forces to help Iraq deal with the militant Islamist fighters in the northern and central areas of the country.

The assistance would not involve boots on the ground, the spokesman insisted.

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