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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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Kurdish fighters in Iraq look to UK for weaponry

In a battled scarred town recently retaken by Kurdish fighters, ITV News presenter Mark Austin was taken to the now quiet front line, as they sought to prove how far they have pushed back IS militants.

For the Peshmerga, manpower is not problem, but weaponry is. They have old equipment that is in need of repair. A key advisor to the Kurdish President said they are looking to Britain for help.

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