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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 may strike Islamic State bases in Syria

The United States has not ruled out action against Islamic State targets in Syria, a senior White House official has suggested.

Ben Rhodes, President Obama's deputy national security adviser, said the United States would not be "restricted by borders" in its bid to combat the threat of the Islamic State.

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