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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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UN launches humanitarian operation in northern Iraq

The United Nations has launched a 10-day humanitarian operation in northern Iraq to help hundreds of thousands who have fled the threat of the Islamic State.

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes in response to the Islamic State threat. Credit: PA Wire

A cargo plane loaded with 100 tonnes of emergency supplies has been delivered in Arbil, with further deliveries set to arrive by land and sea.

"This is a massive logistics operation ... to help the hundreds of thousands of desperate people who have fled suddenly with nothing but their lives and are now struggling to survive in harsh conditions," UN official Antonio Guterres said.

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