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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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Hammond: RAF to air-drop supplies to Iraq imminently

Philip Hammond said supplies would be targeted at people trapped on Sinjar mountain.

The Royal Air Force will begin air-dropping supplies in Iraq "imminently" in co-ordination with the US, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.

He said the humanitarian supplies have already been forward positioned and will go on "for the foreseeable future", particularly targeting displaced Iraqis on the Sinjar mountain.

"We can expect a continuing drumbeat of air-drop operations," Mr Hammond said, adding that there would be wider efforts to support their exit from the mountain.

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