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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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UK forces to make fresh attempt in dropping aid to Iraq

British forces will make a fresh attempt to drop aid to thousands of people trapped on a mountain as they flee advancing militants in Iraq.

The move follows an aborted attempt to deliver aid to the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, which was called off when the RAF crew decided that the supplies could have injured the desperate people below.

UK forces to make fresh attempt in dropping aid to Iraq Credit: Reuters

Downing Street confirmed the RAF would send "a small number" of Tornado jets to the region so they can be used, if required, to improve the UK's surveillance capability in the region to help the humanitarian effort.

The UK will also look at how it can play a role in getting equipment to Kurdish forces as they are better able to counter Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis or Isil), Number 10 added.

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