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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 conducts airstrikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq

US military drones hit Islamic state targets in northern Iraq earlier today, an official statement has said.

After receiving reports from Kurdish forces that Islamic State militants were attacking civilians in a village near Sinjar, northern Iraq, US remotely piloted aircraft attacked and destroyed two armoured vehicles, United States Central Command said.

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