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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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Islamist rebels bring engineers to fix Iraq's biggest dam

Islamist rebels have brought in specialists to make repairs to the country's biggest dam so that power can be restored to the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, according to an engineer.

Islamist rebels in Iraq have brought in engineers to fix the country's biggest damn. Credit: Reuters

He told Reuters: "They are gathering people to work at the dam."

A dam administrator added that militants were putting up the trademark Islamic State black flags and they were patrolling with flatbed trucks mounted with machine guns to protect the facility they seized from Kurdish forces earlier this week.

Mosul, Iraq's biggest city in the north has been suffering from power outages and water shortages.

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