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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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Obama meets national security team amid Iraq strikes

President Barack Obama was pictured meeting his national security team on Friday as US air strikes against Islamist fighters in northern Iraq were launched.

Obama said on Thursday that militants would be targeted to prevent the "genocide" of religious minorities and to protect American interests.

A second wave of US strikes hit fighters from the Islamic State group near the Kurdish city of Irbil late on Friday.

ITV News' Washington Correspondent Robert Moore said Mr Obama's decision to approve the use of military force in Iraq was "hugely symbolic".

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