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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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Downing Street: Iraq humanitarian situation remains 'deeply worrying'

Downing Street has said that the humanitarian situation in Iraq remains 'deeply worrying' as officials revealed that thousands of people are still trapped on Mount Sinjar.

Officials from across Whitehall and representatives from the agencies met this morning to discuss the situation in Iraq. ISIS terrorists continue to contest towns and villages south of Erbil and in the Sinjar area with Iraqi and Kurdish forces defending these areas, assisted by targeted US airstrikes. The humanitarian situation remains deeply worrying and consequently this continues to be our priority. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced across the region and in need of aid supplies. And thousands are still trapped on Mount Sinjar, although it is understood that some may have escaped off the mountain to the north.ts.”

– Downing Street spokesperson

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