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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 airstrike destroys IS mortar position in Iraq

The US military has continued to attack Islamic State terrorists and completed an airstrike on an IS mortar position north of Sinjar in northern Iraq, according to US Central Command.

The US used a remotely piloted aircraft to hit and destroy the IS mortar position at around 12.55pm. At the time it was was firing on Kurdish forces defending internally displaced Yazidi civilians who were attempting to evacuate. All aircraft exited the strike area safely.

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