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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 'not the only tool' in fight against Islamic State

The US "is not going to be the only tool in the toolbox" that can be used in the fight against Islamic State, the Pentagon press secretary has said.

Speaking at press briefing, Rear Admiral John Kirby stressed that an "international approach" was needed to deal with the Islamist militant group.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby addresses reporters today. Credit: Pool

But he warned that a "multi-lateral and multi-national approach" to dealing with the threat "will take time to develop."

"I think we all recognise that this group didn't grow up overnight, they didn't get the capabilities that they got overnight - we've been watching them for a while," he added.

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