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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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Labour: US has 'unique capabilities' to help in Iraq

Labour has welcomed the stepping up of aid efforts in northern Iraq, but stopped short of joining calls for Britain to join US airstrikes.

The Iraqi government has asked for international help. The UN Security Council has urged the world to act, and the United States has unique military capabilities to help avert a massacre.

Clearly the UK must now also be doing all that we can to assist the vital humanitarian effort that is now under way to help save lives and prevent further suffering.

– Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander

Meanwhile, Labour MP Graham Allen attacked those calling for British military intervention.

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