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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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Thousands still stranded on bleak Iraqi mountain

There is a reason no-one lives on the top of Sinjar mountain. It is bleak, baking hot, with little shelter and there is no food or water.

The minority Yazidi sect are fleeing Islamic States militants. Credit: Reuters

There are thousands of Yazidis on that mountain again tonight.

Watch: The desperate choice facing Iraqi rescue crews

The brave Iraqi army helicopter crews are doing what they can to help them, but they only had two helicopters flying today.

They managed six trips between them today, but they cannot bring in enough food and water and they cannot bring out enough people on their own.

It is little wonder that all those crews and pilots speaking to us today were pleading for the international community to do more to help the persecuted on that mountaintop.

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