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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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Ex-defence secretary: US was right to intervene in Iraq

Former defence secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has said the US was right to intervene in Iraq as members of the UN have "a responsibility to protect".

"That's a general statement but means when you have some potential humanitarian disaster on a vast scale then you can't just sit back and say how sad it is, you have to try and intervene," the Intelligence and Security Committee chairman told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:

Displaced families from the minority Yazidi faith flee the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar. Credit: REUTERS/Ari Jalal

"Here we have a total of 150,000 people who have fled from their homes and in danger of losing their lives."

He said the world could not "directly intervene" in that area, but stressed that limited action could be taken to address the "specific humanitarian threat" against the Yazidi people.

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