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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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EU leaders take a step closer to arming Kurdish forces

European leaders moved decisively towards helping to bolster Iraq's fight back against Islamist militants today.

Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels released a statement welcoming individual member states' decisions to provide "military material" to Kurdish fighters is requested.

This evening, the UN Security Council voted in favour of a UK-drafted resolution to take steps to disrupt the financing of Islamist groups in the region.

ITV News' Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports from Irbil in Iraq:

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