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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 continues air strikes on Islamic State fighters in Iraq

The US military has launched six air strikes against Islamic State fighters today in the vicinity of Iraq's Mosul Dam, US Central Command has said.

"The strikes destroyed or damaged three Isil Humvees, one Isil vehicle, and multiple IED [improvised explosive devices] emplacements," it said in a statement.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard at Mosul Dam after taking it from Islamic State militants. Credit: REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

"All aircraft exited the strike area safely."

The US has conducted a total of 90 air strikes on Islamic State targets across Iraq since August 8.

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