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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: US efforts in Iraq 'will take some time'

US-led efforts to fend off Islamist militants in Iraq will take more than weeks, President Barack Obama has warned.

Barack Obama says the US embassy or consolate in Iraq will not move Credit: RTV

Speaking today after an agreement with Britain and France to drop humanitarian supplies in the country, the President said US airstrikes have already destroyed Isis arms and equipment in Iraq.

He added that the three nations had agreed to work together to ensure a "safe corridor" for moving trapped Yazidis from Sinjar mountain without being attacked by militants.

Asked how long US efforts were planned in the country, President Obama said: "The most important timetable I am focused on is the Iraqi government being formed and finalised."

"We're not going to solve this problem in weeks, this is going to take some time," he added.

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