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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American man 'killed fighting alongside IS militants'

An American man 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.

Douglas McAuthur McCain is said to have been killed fighting alongside IS militants. Credit: Reuters

The official, who asked not to be identified, told the Reuters news agency that the FBI was investigating the death of 33-year-old Douglas McAuthur McCain.

A spokeswoman for the US State Department could not confirm media reports that McCain had been killed in Syria but said the department had been in contact with his family and was providing "all consular assistance."

According to NBC News, McCain was born in Illinois and moved with his family to the Twin Cities area, where he graduated from high school in the Minneapolis suburb of New Hope in 1999.

He is said to have later moved to the San Diego area, where he attended community college.

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