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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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RAF crew took 'responsible decision' to abort aid drop

An RAF crew who were forced to abort an air drop of aid to members of Iraq's Yazidi community "made the responsible decision," an RAF spokesman said.

A RAF C-130 cargo plane was forced to abort its mission in Iraq. Credit: Department of International Development.

They said: "The safety of the Yazidi community is paramount. With a number of people at the drop sites this morning, the crew made the responsible decision not to carry out the air drop to ensure that the lives of those in the area would not be put at risk."

He added that they planned to make the next drop to Mount Sinjar as soon as possible. It is understood that will take place within the next 24 hours.

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