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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Government confirms British Chinooks sent to Iraq

A "small number" of Chinook helicopters will be sent to assist in the humanitarian relief effort in Iraq, and the British Government has also agreed to transport military supplies provided by other countries to Kurdish forces resisting the Islamic State (IS) fighters, Downing Street has said.

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