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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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US military 'destroy ISIL checkpoint near Mosul Dam'

US military forces continued to use fighter jets to conduct airstrikes against Islamic State extremists near Mosul Dam, according to the Pentagon.

The strikes are said to have destroyed three ISIL armed vehicles, an ISIL vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft artillery gun, and an ISIL checkpoint. In a statement, a Pentagon spokesperson said:

These strikes were conducted under authority to support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense forces as they work together to combat ISIL, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, US personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts there.

– Pentagon spokesperson

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