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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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Pentagon: Fifth aid airdrop conducted for Iraqi citizens

The US military conducted a fifth airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by ISIL militants on Mount Sinjar in Iraq, the Pentagon said in a statement.

It added that a C-17 aircraft dropped 40 container delivery system bundles of fresh drinking water totalling 3,804 gallons as well as 36 bundles totalling 11,088 meals ready to eat and 1,331 gallons of fresh drinking water.

The United States military will continue to work with the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as international partners including the Government of Iraq, the United Nations, and non-government organizations to assess the need for additional humanitarian operations in Iraq going forward.

– Pentagon

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