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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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Islamic State vows to 'erase US off the map'

The Islamic State (IS) extremist group has vowed to erase the United States "off the map" as it denied claims it had "lost power" following American air strikes.

Islamic State fighters have vowed to 'erase' the United States. Credit: Reuters

In a statement, the group said the US will be "erased soon by the caliphate knights".

The Roman dog only pushed his air force in a new mess,and entered an alliance with the Kurds to commit the stupidity he has yet to awake from!

Apparently this idiot forgot the Iraq swamp where tens of thousands of crusaders were exterminated and tens of thousands injured years ago.

Not to mention the economic losses and financial crisis that nearly erased the United States off the map; and it will be erased soon by the caliphate knights.

– Islamic State statement

IS also claimed responsibility for a Kurdish helicopter crash which killed the pilot and injured a US journalist and an Iraqi member of parliament.

Reporters near Mosul Dam say "fierce fighting" is ongoing in the area, as Kurdish forces - backed by US air strikes - continue with their offensive to retake the strategic facility.

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