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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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Met prepared for return of 'hundreds of British jihadists'

Hundreds of British extremists could return to the UK if jihadist groups start to lose battles in Iraq and Syria, the country's most senior police officer has warned.

Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Scotland Yard chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said it cannot be predicted when potential terrorists might decide to return home, and police are preparing in case of an influx.

It is estimated that around 500 Britons have travelled to Syria to fight alongside extremists there, of whom around half are thought to be from London.

Sir Bernard said there are "a significant number of people who run the risk of being radicalised, militarised and potentially desensitised to violence, who one day we assume will come home".

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