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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 considers options 'to remove Iraqis off mountain'

The US is exploring options to evacuate thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq by Islamic militants, the deputy US national security adviser Ben Rhodes told Reuters.

We're reviewing options for removing the remaining civilians off the mountain. Kurdish forces are helping, and we're talking to the (United Nations) and other international partners about how to bring them to a safe space.

– Ben Rhodes, deputy US national security adviser

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