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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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Kurds ask for weapons to battle Islamic State in Iraq

Britain and the Us should supply weapons to Kurdish forces battling Islamic State forces in Northern Iraq, according to Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the UK.

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman told Good Morning Britain.: "We're calling for Britain and the United States to supply us with weapons."

She added that the Kurdish people were grateful for the aid they had received but said they had needed weapons or counter terrorism equipment to battle the Islamist fighters.

She said: "Unfortunately its something that's become extremely urgent."

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