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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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Cameron 'utterly condemns barbaric attacks' in Iraq

David Cameron has "utterly" condemned the "barbaric attacks" committed by Islamist militants across Iraq.

The Prime Minister said he was "extremely concerned by the appalling situation in Iraq and the desperate situation facing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis."

“I am especially concerned for the minority Yazidi community now trapped on Mount Sinjar ... The world must help them in their hour of desperate need," Cameron said.

Cameron welcomed President Barack Obama's decision to assist the Iraqi government and conduct targeted air strikes, but stopped short of announcing any UK involvement.

"I fully agree with the President that we should stand up for the values we believe in - the right to freedom and dignity, whatever your religious beliefs,” he added.

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