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 airstrikes 'having temporary impact' on Islamic State

Gen William Mayville speaking at a press briefing. Credit: DoD

US airstrikes have had a "temporary" impact on the threat of Islamic State militants in Iraq but are unlikely to have affected their capabilities in other locations, a Pentagon official have said in a press briefing.

Gen William Mayville said airstrikes had disrupted the advance of the militants to Irbil, but said the US had no plans to expand the campaign of airstrikes beyond defending huminatarian efforts in the north of the country.

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