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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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'We could become next Syria,' Iraqi ex-politician warns

A former senior Iraqi politician has warned that the country risks following in the footsteps of Syria unless a way is found to preserve its unity.

Hajem Hassani warned Iraq could take the Credit: Reuters

Hajem Hassani, previously speaker in the Iraqi parliament, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that if the country did not come together, then "probably we will open the door too wide for the [Islamic State] or other terrorist organisations".

Asked whether newly-appointed prime minister Haider Abadi understood the need for an inclusive government, he replied: "He should do."

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