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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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Fresh UK aid flights depart for northern Iraq

More UK aid flights have departed for Iraq today, delivering tents, food and vehicles for humanitarian workers across the north of the country.

UK aid is prepared in Kemble, southern England. Credit: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Taking off from Dubai today, the flights will deliver the supplies to refugees across the Dohuk region, who have been chased out of their homes after threats and attacks from Islamist extremists.

The first UK aid flight was on August 16, and delivered almost 8,000 kitchen sets allowing people to cook for themselves.

The contents of the latest delivery, bringing to six the total number of flights to date, are aimed at providing shelter for 2,575 people, as well as body armour for aid workers.

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