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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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US military: Iraq airstrikes destroy multiple targets

The US military says it today conducted multiple successful air strikes on targets in northern Iraq, and remotely piloted vehicles to defend Kurdish forces near Irbil.

The strikes destroyed or damaged a number of Islamic State armed vehicles and one mortar position.

All US aircraft exited the areas of the strikes safely, a statement said.

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