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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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Footage shows US journalist urging rescue from Syria

Footage has been released showing US journalist Peter Theo Curtis pleading for help during his time in captivity in Syria.

In the video, provided by the Associated Press, the journalist - whose release was announced yesterday - says he has three days to live, and urges western governments to act to ensure his rescue.

Warning: Some viewers may find this footage distressing.

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