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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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US military complete second air drop to Iraqi citizens

The US military has completed a second air drop of humanitarian supplies to Iraqi citizens threatened by Islamic State militants, the Pentagon has confirmed.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said 72 bundles containing thousands of meals and gallons of water were delivered.

Water bundles are seen ahead of their drop in Iraq. Credit: Reuters

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