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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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Jack Straw urges 'limited' military assistance in Iraq

Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has voiced support for "limited" military assistance in Iraq, saying previous experience in the country should not deter western powers from helping to stop the rise of Islamist militants.

Mr Straw also told ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship he feels MPs must hold a "full-scale" debate about the major international issues facing Britain.

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