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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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Pentagon releases footage of air strike in northern Iraq

The Pentagon has released footage of a US air strike on a target in northern Iraq.

US fighter jets have launched attacks against Islamic State fighters, in a bid to protect US interests and to prevent the slaughter of religious minorities forced to flee their homes.

It is America's first direct military involvement in Iraq since 2011.

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