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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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Britain 'prepared to arm Kurdish forces' in Iraq

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The United Kingdom is prepared to help ensure Kurdish fighters are adequately armed to counter the threat of Islamic State jihadists, it has emerged.

Downing Street insisted that yesterday's Cobra emergency committee meeting resulted in David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and other officials agreeing it was "vital" that Iraqi and Kurdish forces are able to stop the advance of IS.

It is expected the UK would provide weapons and equipment should the Kurdish leadership make a request.

On what equipment would be provided to the Kurds, a No 10 source said: "It is dependent on what the Kurds would need."

Such a move would follow similar commitments from France, with President Francois Hollande confirming the "imminent delivery of military equipment" to Kurdish forces in a phone call with Iraqi president Fouad Massoum.

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