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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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Iraq helicopter crashed 'after delivering aid'

An Iraqi helicopter crashed shortly after delivering aid to Yazidi refugees stranded on Sinjar Mountain, the New York Times reported.

The US newspaper cited survivors saying the aircraft had picked up some Yazidi refugees before crashing shortly after take-off.

The helicopter's pilot was killed in the accident and several others were injured.

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