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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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Top general: Govt 'terrified' of intervening in Iraq

One of Britain's most senior generals has accused the "commitment-phobic" Government of posturing in its response to the insurgency in northern Iraq.

General Sir Richard Shirreff told the Times (£) that politicians were "terrified" of intervening in the Iraq crisis before next year's general election.

"The longer we sit on our hands and prevaricate, the more dangerous the situation is going to become," he said.

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