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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Government outlines recent UK aid in northern Iraq

Justine Greening announced £8 million in new assistance for those displaced in Iraq on 8 August. Credit: DFID

The UK has so far committed £13 million in new assistance in response to the crisis in Iraq. Here is what has been provided for 200,000 displaced Iraqis:

  • £5 million aid for Iraq was announced in June while another £8 million package was announced on August 8.
  • Two DFID-chartered Airbus cargo flights landed in Erbil on the night of August 19 carrying 45 tonnes of high nutrition emergency food from the World Food Programme (WFP) and 515 family-sized tents.
  • 8,000 kitchen sets which include cutlery, cooking pots, plates, frying pans, cups and wooden spoons to Erbil were delivered on August 16.
  • The RAF has also made seven successful air drops of UK aid over Mount Sinjar including w9,420 water purification containers, 1,056 solar lanterns, and 1,008 shelter kits.

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