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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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Inside the RAF plane that dropped aid to Iraq

Aid workers loading an RAF cargo plane with relief supplies for the Yazidi community fleeing Islamist militants in Iraq worked tirelessly to get the consignment ready.

Aid workers prepare a consignment of supplies for Iraq's Yazidi community. Credit: Reuters

It included clean water and filtration devices as well as solar lanterns that can also be used to charge mobile phones.

The giant C-130 cargo plane was packed with supplies. Credit: Reuters

The Yazidi community has been cut off on Mount Sinjar where they fled from Islamist militants.

A worker checks a British aid consignment to Iraq. Credit: Reuters

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