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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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UK spy plane deployed in Iraq to aid relief efforts

British spy plane has been deployed as part of humanitarian efforts in Iraq.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed the intelligence-gathering Rivet Joint aircraft has carried out several flights over areas in the north of country which have been targeted by advancing Islamist extremists.

Rivet Joint aircraft Credit: Master Sgt. Lance Cheung USAF/PA

An MoD spokeswoman said: "The intelligence and insight it has provided has guided our humanitarian efforts, giving us an accurate picture of what is going on on the ground so that we could best deliver aid to the Yazidi people."

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