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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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Footage shows 'military plane dropping aid' in Iraq

Fresh footage appears to show a military plane dropping aid into the country's Yaziki Kurds, who have been targeted by Islamic State militants.

The video released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defence comes after Philip Hammond said UK air-drops would begin "imminently".

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