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 officials set to announce more strikes in Iraq

Officials in the US have said they expect to announce more airstrikes in Iraq later today.

The Pentagon said the military was continuing to target Islamic State vehicles and other targets in the northern part of the country, as part of efforts to drive back militants who have invaded from Syria.

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