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 sends four Chinooks to aid Iraq rescue operation

Four RAF Chinook helicopters have left the UK and are on their way to Iraq to help airlift stranded refugees to safety.

Downing Street said the transport helicopters would be sent to the region "for use if we decide we need further humanitarian relief options".

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports.

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