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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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Iraq troubled by reports of Islamist militant oil revenues

The Iraqi government has said it is troubled by reports that Islamic State fighters are smuggling seized oil to export markets to generate revenue.

It warned buyers that any oil sales that are not authorised by the Ministry of Oil could be used to finance terrorist activity, and may be subject to sanctions.

Islamic State has seized five oil fields in the north since it arrived in June from Syria.

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