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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 St: RAF dropped thousands of water containers

Officials in Downing Street said that the RAF dropped 1,200 reusable water containers providing 6,000 litres in total and 240 solar lanterns in the first UK aid drop.

The first UK aid drop took place over Mount Sinjar last night, with the RAF delivering bundles that included 1200 reusable water containers providing 6000 litres in total and 240 solar lanterns that can also be used to recharge mobile phones. We are working to step up these deliveries in the coming days Meanwhile, we continue to engage with the US, Kurds, Turks and other international partners on how to get those trapped on the mountain to safety. And we are planning to increase the number of humanitarian advisers in Erbil to provide better links to the situation on the ground.

– Downing Street spokesman

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