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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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UK 'may need people on the ground' in Iraq

The former head of the army said that the West may "need to put some people on the ground" in Iraq.

Asked if that meant UK forces, Lord Dannatt told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The United States in the lead and us in support. We all bear some responsibility."

"The breakdown in society in Iraq post-2003, we have some culpability for that and so it is difficult for us to say 'Not our problem'."

He added: "It may be unpopular but it might be the right thing to do."

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