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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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Up to 300 more US soldiers 'needed for security' in Iraq

Up to 300 extra US soldiers have been requested to provide security in Iraq, according to Reuters.

An unnamed US official told the agency that the request, by the State Department, had not yet been approved.

More than 800 American soldiers have already been sent to Iraq since Islamic State militants invaded the north of the country in June.

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