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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 'would consider positively' arming Kurds

Britain would consider "positively" any request for arms from Kurdish fighters in Iraq, a spokeswoman for David Cameron has said.

Kurdish Peshmerga are thought to have been trained on former Soviet Union weaponry. Credit: Reuters

"Our understanding is that they prefer to operate kit that they are trained on, and so that's why so far it has been us transporting supplies from other countries," she said.

The United States has asked European countries to supply arms and ammunition to Kurdish forces, US and European officials have said.

Several European governments, including France, Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, have said they will send arms to the Kurds or are considering doing so.

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