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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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'Unprecedented' humanitarian response begins in Iraq

Plane loads of British aid will form part of this unprecedented humanitarian response, by air, by land, and by sea as well - recognition perhaps of the depth of the crisis here, which has seen half a million people forced from their homes.

It begins tonight with the first deliveries of British aid - cooking utensils and tents too, it goes on for another 10 days after this as well.

And so from tomorrow, Boeing 747s will land here in Irbil, convoys of lorries will converge here, two as well from Jordan, and from Turkey.

And all of this managed by the United Nations, which will no doubt be accused of doing too little and acting too late.

But countries like the UK and perhaps the US as well will be happy to have their response defined in humanitarian terms, aware of the limited appetite for military action at home, and so the global response to the Islamic State has been described as being 'muddled' and 'too late' - the humanitarian response seems to be gaining momentum and clarity too.

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