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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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Iraqi pilot cries following airlift from Mount Sinjar

ITV News Middle East Editor Lutfi abu-Aun has been tweeting images of displaced Iraqis reaching safety after fleeing Mount Sinjar.

The Iraqi military has been using its helicopters to evacuate as many people as possible, especially women and children.

One pilot told Senior International Correspondent John Irvine that is was the "holiest" mission he had ever been involved with.

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