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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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Baghdad roads closed by Iraqi security forces

Roads were closed by security forces in parts of Baghdad this morning, leaving walking as the only option for many.

Roads were closed in parts of Baghdad by security forces. Credit: APTN

Police said special forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nour Al-Maliki have been deployed in strategic areas of Baghdad. police said, after he gave a tough speech on television indicating he would not cave in to pressure to drop his bid for a third term.

Roadblocks have forced traffic from the streets of Baghdad. Credit: APTN

As a result many roads were empty in parts of the Iraqi capital as vehicles were prevented from entering parts of the city.

Security forces have prevented traffic from driving in parts of Baghdad. Credit: APTN

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