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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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Photos of damage and booby traps left at Mosul Dam

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray has sent us these images from the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq.

In the first image, several improvised explosive devices sit in the back of a truck. The head of the Kurdish Peshmerga bomb disposal team told ITV News that Islamic State fighters hid a bomb every 100 metres around the complex.

Improvised Explosive Devices located by Peshmerga bomb experts. Credit: ITV News

A further photo shows damage to the road and top structure of the dam, although it is not thought that any of the dam wall has been compromised.

Damage to the Mosul Dam. Credit: ITV News/John Ray

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