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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Iraqi helicopter crew rescues 50 Yazidis from mountain

Not long ago, 50 Yazidis were lifted off Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq, on a helicopter which I was aboard.

The Iraqi crew conducting the rescue were heroes - the helicopter is only supposed to have capacity for 15 people.

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