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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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Iraqi state TV claims forces have retaken Mosul Dam

State television has claimed Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers have pushed Islamic State fighters out of Mosul Dam.

The television station quotes a military spokesman as saying forces were back by joint air strikes, but did not give further details.

IS militants captured the strategic facility - which supplies electricity and water to large areas of the country - less than two weeks ago.

ITV News' John Ray, who is close to the dam, reported seeing black smoke rising near the area and hearing American jets.

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