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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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RAF Tornado jets expected to leave for Cyprus shortly

Three RAF Tornado jets, similar to those expected to leave for Cyprus Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Three RAF Tornadoes are expected to leave for Cyprus shortly in case they are needed to assist with surveillance over Iraq.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed the aircraft were expected to take off from RAF Marham in Norfolk in the next 30 minutes.

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