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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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Defence Secretary to chair Cobra meeting on Iraq

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon will chair an emergency meeting of the Cobra committee on the situation in Iraq.

Thousands of Iraqis have been forced to leave their homes amid the ongoing threat from militants. Credit: Reuters

Islamist militants have made significant gains across northern Iraq, forcing tens of thousands of people from minority groups to flee their homes.

US President Barack Obama announced that America is prepared to launch air strikes against Islamist militants, but Downing Street has said there will no UK military action in Iraq.

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