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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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UK drops third round of aid to northern Iraq

A third round of successful UK aid drops have been conducted over northern Iraq, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has confirmed.

Emergency aid ready to be dropped is seen in a RAF Hercules aircraft. Credit: MoD

Among the supplies dropped over Mount Sinjar - where thousands of Yazidis remain displaced - were:

  • 2,640 reusable water purification containers (filled with 13,200 litres of water)
  • 528 shelter kits to provide shade in the high temperatures

After last night the RAF have successfully made five drops, including thousands of containers filled with clean water that can also be used to purify dirty water and hundreds of shelter kits.

– Justine Greening, International Development Secretary

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