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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Iraq ambassador: Humanitarian situation is first priority

The first priority in Iraq is the humanitarian situation but the possibility of "eradicating" Islamist militants from the area ultimately needs to be faced, Iraq's ambassador to London has said.

Refugees from the Yazidi faith who have fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar. Credit: REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Faik Nerweyi told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I'm not in any position to pinpoint responsibility but it seems that we have failed."

"Let us say as Iraqi state we have failed to create a stable political system where everybody lives in peace," he added.

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