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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US military delivers water and meals to Iraqis

The US military has successfully delivered water and meals for Iraqis threatened by Islamist militants, a defence official has said.

The supplies were dropped near Sinjar to help those who have been forced to flee their homes in northern Iraq due to the threat of Islamic State fighters.

Military aircraft safely left the area after dropping the supplies, the official added.

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