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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Black smoke rises near Mosul Dam amid air strikes

Smoke can be seen rising near Mosul Dam amid continued American air strikes. Credit: ITV News/John Ray

I am watching big black smoke and hearing American jets at Mosul Dam.

After two days of heavy striking here, the battle is still not won - Islamic State fighters still control part of the dam.

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