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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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Kurds celebrate first victory in months against militants

Kurdish fighters pushed Islamic State fighters back in Iraq for the first time in some time today, clearly aided by the wave of air strikes from the United States.

ITV News Senior International Correspondent John Irvine reports from the north of the country, where today a symbolic victory was celebrated.

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