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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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Obama vows to root out Islamic State 'cancer'

President Barack Obama has vowed that the US will go after the killers of American journalist James Foley, but said rooting out the Islamic State "cancer" would not be easy.

President Obama vowed to hunt down Us journalist James Foley's killers. Credit: Reuters

He said: "America does not forget, our reach is long, we are patient, justice will be done."

He added that he would do whatever is necessary to go after those who harm Americans, at a convention of the American Legion in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He added: "Rooting out a cancer like ISIL won't be easy and it won't be quick," referring to an acronym the United States uses for the Islamic State.

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