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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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Crisis in Iraq will 'get worse before it gets better'

The crisis in Iraq will "get worse before it gets better", retired Major General Tim Cross told Good Morning Britain.

However, Major General Cross, a military logistic expert and veteran of Iraq, emphasised that "we are not going to solve this problem in the Middle East by reengaging in conflict" and said Britain would not put combat troops on the ground.

Instead, he said, we must support the Kurds to fight the Islamic State.

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