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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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Divides deepen in Iraq as condemnation of IS spreads

Two attacks help tell the complex picture here in Iraq.

Firstly in Jalula, a city that was taken by Islamic State (IS) just a few days ago. Today, Kurdish and Iraqi forces fought back, regaining territory, helped no doubt by those 93 American air strikes over the last two weeks. IS said that it lost 50 of its militants in the firefight there.

And yet, north-east of Baghdad, a quite different story: A Sunni mosque was stormed there today - 70 worshippers were killed. Sunni politicians blame Shi'ite militiamen. Some of those politicians will now back out of discussions about forming a future government for this country.

It does seem here that sectarianism remains a barrier to political unity, yet abroad there is growing unity. Tonight, Saudi Arabia said it wanted the destruction of IS. The Americans today saying that the group is more deadly, more powerful than it was six months ago.

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