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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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  1. Robert Moore

US likely to follow aid air drops with air strikes in Iraq

Just dropping food and supplies on a remote mountain in northwestern Iraq doesn't begin to solve the problem - where do these tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians go? If you want to create a humanitarian corridor or a safe haven it inevitably involves ground troops and that is something the White House has emphatically ruled out.

It is fair to say there is an increasing likelihood of not just air drops but of air strikes and then America will be left to hope that Kurdish and Iraqi government forces come to the rescue on the ground. One thing is for sure: the White House sees doing nothing - effectively being a spectator to this tragedy - as the worst option of all.

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