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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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Australia 'not ruling out' sending armed forces to Iraq

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he would not rule out sending his country's armed forces to combat Islamic militant forces in Iraq.

Addressing reporters in London, Abbott made clear his prime focus was a humanitarian drive to help thousands of Yazidis fleeing the militants.

He said Australian aircraft would shortly be joining the humanitarian airdrop to provide food, water and other supplies to the Yazidis. But he said his country was ready to do more.

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