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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Britain warned to act in Iraq or face terror at home

Britain faces the threat of terror attacks at home if it does not fight Islamist extremists in the Middle east, a key member of the Kurdish government in Iraq has warned.

Presidential advisor Hemen Hawrami told ITV News' Mark Austin that Kurdish forces need "advisors, aerial support and armament" but no troops on the ground from Britain to fight back against Islamic State militants.

He added that now was the right time for Britain to join US airstrikes currently targeting the radicals in northern Iraq.

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