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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 troops land in Iraq to scope out rescue mission

American officials have said that US Special Operations Forces have landed on top of the Sinjar Mountains.

It is understood troops will assess the possibility of a humanitarian mission to rescue the Yazidi refugees under threat of Islamic State (IS) rebel forces.

Officials have told NBC News that US military forces will assess how best to carry out a rescue mission.

The information gathering mission will form the basis of plans on how to safely carry out the operation, with recommendations forwarded to the Pentagon and White House for approval "within days."

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