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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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Minister: No plans for MPs to be recalled over Iraq

Government minister Iain Duncan Smith says the Government currently did not intend to recall Parliament to debate potential military help for Iraq.

The Work and Pensions Secretary said Britain was a "good friend" to Iraq, but had no plans for involvement in the fight against the Islamic State beyond current strategic and humanitarian aid.

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