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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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Pilot Majed died 'saving Yazidis from Sinjar Mountain'

ITV News Middle East Editor Lutfi Abu-Aun has tweeted a photo of the pilot, known as "Majed", who died today when his helicopter crashed on Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq after delivering aid to Yazidi refugees.

In the photo, the pilot is speaking with a Yazidi politician who was also injured in the crash.

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