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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Foreign Office advises against all travel to Kurdistan

The Foreign Office has advised against all travel to the areas of Iraq "affected by recent fighting", including the Kurdistan Region.

"Those British nationals already present in the Kurdistan Region should take precautions to remove themselves from areas close to the conflict," the travel advice reads.

Iraqi security forces and volunteers take part in a mission to secure an area from Isil militants. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

The Foreign Office has also advised against "all but essential travel" to the rest of Iraq.

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