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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Susan Rice: US journalist Curtis safe outside Syria

An American journalist held in Syria for two years by an al Qaeda-linked group is now safe outside of Syria, National Security Adviser Susan Rice has said. "We expect he will be reunited with his family shortly," Ms. Rice said.

United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

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