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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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US prepares aid to be dropped over Iraq

US Central Command has released footage showing the preparation of humanitarian aid due to be dropped over northern Iraq.

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US military aircraft have delivered nearly 100,000 meals and more than 27,000 gallons of fresh drinking water during aid efforts so far.

Overnight, the US military carried out its sixth airdrop on Mount Sinjar for the displaced Yazidis in the region.

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