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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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No10: Iraqi refugees appear to have 'adequate supplies'

British involvement in a possible rescue mission appears less likely tonight after a No10 spokesman said that refugees in the Sinjar mountains had "adequate supplies".

Speaking after a meeting of the COBR emergency committee, the spokesman said the number of people in the area appeared to be in the "low thousands" - far fewer than previously estimated.

Photo taken from an RAF Tornado jet showing a Hercules transporter during last night's humanitarian aid drop Credit: Ministry of Defence/Crown Copyright/PA

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister confirmed that an RAF Tornado made surveillance flights over the area last night.

He also said that military assets - including Tornado jets and Chinook helicopters - would remain in place "to help out in the right way".

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