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 launches 14 air strikes on militants near Mosul Dam

The US military has launched 14 air strikes on Islamic State fighters near Mosul Dam in Iraq, US Central Command has said.

The strikes "destroyed or damaged" six Islamic State vehicles, three improvised explosive devices, one mortar tube, and two armed trucks, a statement reads.

These strikes were conducted under authority to support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defence force operations, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, US personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.

– US Central Command statement

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