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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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Kurdish fighters locked in ground battle with militants

Kurdish Peshmerga forces are continuing to combat Islamic State (IS) militants close to the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq.

NBC News correspondent Bill Neely, who is with one unit, said the militants are responding to missiles with more shelling.

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