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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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Tory ex-minister: May need to arm Kurdish fighters

Tory ex-minister Alistair Burt. Credit: PA

Tory former minister Alistair Burt told BBC Radio 4's The Westminster Hour that there "may be a need to arm the Kurdish fighters rather more intensively", but added that there was "no need" to recall Parliament unless the Prime Minister wanted to move on from humanitarian aid.

If he does and wants support, I think Parliament should give it to him. I think we should be in no doubt whose side we're on.

We should support the Kurdish regional government and the Iraqis and any force that is prepared to deal with IS and the threat they pose to the stability in the region.

– Alistair Burt

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