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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Drinking water and tents in first UK aid package to Iraq

Supplies including drinking water and tents are due to be dropped by a C-130 cargo plane when it reaches Iraq - the first consignment of UK emergency aid to be sent to the country.

A C-130 cargo plane like this one is dropping a UK aid consignment in Iraq. Credit: Reuters

The plane which took off from the RAF Brize Norton base will make the drop near members of the Yazidi religious minority who are trapped on a mountainside.

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