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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First 100 tonnes of humanitarian aid lands in Iraq

The first 100 tonnes of humanitarian aid has landed in Erbil, Iraq, as part of a 10-day operation to help refugees in the country.

It comes after a previous aid drop to refugees hiding in Mount Sinjar. The UK alone delivered around 2,400 reusable water purification containers filled with clean water and 480 shelter kits.

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