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 expects Islamic State fighters to stage new offences

The United States expects more attacks from Islamic State militants, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said.

"We should expect Isil to re-group and stage new offences, and US involvement is not over, President Obama has been very clear on this point," Hagel said.

The US will continue to support Iraqi forces in their fight against the militants, he added.

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