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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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UK 'acted swiftly' to get aid to Iraq

A British military aircraft made the first airdrop of humanitarian aid to the Yazidi community who are fleeing Islamist militants in Iraq, according to International Development Secretary Justine Greening.

A RAF C-130 cargo plane that dropped aid into northern Iraq. Credit: Department of International Development.

She said: "The UK has acted swiftly to get lifesaving help to those affected.Last night the RAF successfully dropped lifesaving UK aid supplies, including clean water and filtration devices, on the mountain.”

She added: “The world has been shocked by the plight of the Yazidi community. They face appalling conditions, cut off on Mount Sinjar after fleeing persecution by ISIL extremists.

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