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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Sunni leader pledges support for Iraq's new president

A prominent Sunni tribal leader has said he will support Iraq's new president, Haider al-Abadi, providing he protects the rights of the Sunnis.

Ali Hatem Suleiman said a decision on whether or not to fight the Sunni Islamic State militants would come later.

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