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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Families 'had to leave elderly in Sinjar mountains'

The Sinjar mountains seen in the north west of Iraq, east of Mosul. Credit: Google Maps

A man fleeing Islamist militants in Iraq's Sinjar mountains has told ITV News that others have been forced to abandon their elderly and disabled relatives.

"The situation right now is very, very desperate," Hassan Khudier said in a telephone conversation.

"Every day it is getting worse. On day one I saw one body, now I can see 50 dead bodies as I walk around the mountains.

"Families have left the elderly, disabled or immobile in the mountains.

"Everyone is thirsty - how are they going to carry them? Those who were left have now died."

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