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Two British Men Who Were Arrested After Fighting ISIS Have Been Freed

Jac Holmes, Joe Ackerman, and Irish citizen Joshua Molloy were imprisoned in northern Iraq after crossing the border from Syria.

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Two British men and one Irishman who were arrested after returning from fighting ISIS in Syria have been freed, the UK Foreign Office has confirmed.

Britons Jac Holmes and Joe Ackerman, and Irish citizen Joshua Molloy – the latter two are both former soldiers – were being held in a jail in Kurdish-held northern Iraq.

They were imprisoned after crossing the Syrian border where they were thought to be with Kurdish People's Protection Units, a force working to reduce ISIS occupation in northern Syria.

"We are helping two British men make arrangements to leave Kurdistan after they were released from custody," a spokesperson for the UK Foreign office said after Holmes and Ackerman's Saturday release was confirmed.

Charlie Flanagan, Ireland's minister for foreign affairs, told Irish news network RTE he was "pleased" to confirm Molloy's release. "This has been a most difficult and traumatic ordeal," he said.

I welcome the release of Irish citizen Joshua Molloy in Iraq. I thank all who helped & I wish him a safe journey home to join his family.

Molloy's father, Declan, told the Press Association that the family were "jumping for joy" at news of his release.

"You know that Christmas morning feeling, it's a bit like that, when you find your most sought-after present under the tree, the dream present," he said. "That's how we feel."

Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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