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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Britain must join Iraq airstrikes, war hero says

The government is failing in its "moral obligation" to help those at risk of genocide in Iraq, one of Britain's most well-known and respected commanders has said.

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Collins was Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment during the 2003 conflict. Credit: PA

Colonel Tim Collins, who is famous for an inspirational speech made to troops on the eve of the Iraq invasion in 2003, told the Telegraph ancient civilisations will be "extinguished" unless countries such as Britain join air strikes and provide arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State militants.

He also called for Parliament - currently in recess - to be recalled to debate the conflict, saying British politicians have "left for lunch" as the crisis rumbles on.

Pressure on David Cameron to recall MPs has been building in the last week, though Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond yesterday said there were no plans to do so "at the moment".

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