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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Iraq rescue effort played down but RAF jets to remain

The chances of an international mission to evacuate Iraqi refugees from the Sinjar mountains appeared to be vanishing tonight.

The US government announced there were far fewer refugees stranded in the area than previously thought, and an RAF surveillance mission last night bore out the same conclusion.

Yet the Prime Minister confirmed today that British military jets and Chinook helicopters in Cyprus would remain "in place and available if needed".

ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

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