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 fighters strike positions near Iraq's biggest dam

US fighter planes have pounded Isis militant positions as part of a joint military operation to retake Iraq's largest dam, officials told NBC News.

Control of the Mosul dam has been likened to owning a weapon of mass destruction in the wrong hands. Credit: Reuters

American officials told the station that FA-18 fighter bombers and armed drones were launching airstrikes and offering air cover to Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting to regain control of the Mosul Dam.

Control of the dam, which was seized by Isis fighters on August 7 could give the group the ability to flood cities and cut off vital water and electricity supplies.

The Iraqi capital Baghdad lies downstream of the dam on the Tigris river.

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