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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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Fallon: Britain will continue to provide help to Iraq

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said that Britain will continue to provide humanitarian help to the displaced people of northern Iraq.

Speaking at a British base in Cyprus where many of the airdrops are launched from, he said: "We will continue to provide any help that is needed."

He added: "We are continuing surveillance of northern Iraq so we can have a better picture of the humanitarian needs there.

"So we are flying aircraft over Iraq so we all have a better understanding of where the next threat is coming from and whether there are other minority groups that face the kind of barbaric terrorism we've seen."

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