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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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British forces make second humanitarian aid drop in Iraq

British forces have dropped a second round of aid to thousands of people trapped on a mountain as they flee advancing militants in Iraq.

The RAF was able to deliver "essential supplies" over Mount Sinjar last night to assist the Yazidis, the Department for International Development confirmed.

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