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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Ex-diplomat: Britain should send 'limited' force to Iraq

Sir Jeremy Greenstock, a former ambassador to the UN and the UK's special representative for Iraq until 2004, has told ITV news Britain should support the US military intervention in Iraq in a limited way.

Sir Jeremy Greenstock was the UK's special representative to Iraq.

He said airstrikes were likely to be effective in driving back Islamic State fighters who're threatening the Kurdish regional capital, Irbil - and have driven tens of thousands to take refuge on Mount Sinjar.

Sir Jeremy said: "I think airpower can be quite effective in limiting the range that these people can move on the ground.

It's very exposed territory, there is very little cover so they can be caught on roads, they can be caught with their artillery pieces, they can be stopped. But the Kurds themselves don't have the equipment to do that.

I think we should be thinking in terms of supporting the American military action, helping with the humanitarian action, perhaps supplying some helicopter activity which would need its own defensive arrangements but going no further than that.

– Sir Jeremy Greenstock

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