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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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Liam Fox: Britain must share the load with US in Iraq

Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has told ITV News Britain must share the load militarily with the US in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

The Conservative former front-bencher said if the "reticent" Barack Obama had opted for airstrikes in northern Iraq and the Francois Hollande had agreed to arm the Kurds, the British "should be willing to use military force if required".

"This government has the constitutional powers to intervene and use military power if required and I think we should go ahead and do so because I think the justification to do so is overwhelming," he told ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship in a phone interview.

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