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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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President Obama authorises targeted air strikes in Iraq

President Obama has authorised targeted air strikes against Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq and airdrops of humanitarian supplies to prevent a "potential act of genocide".

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Mr Obama said he approved the use of force if necessary to protect American citizens and religious minorities.

He said militants would be targeted if they advance towards the Kurdish capital Irbil, where US officials are based.

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