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Iraqi forces reach jihadist-besieged town of Amerli

Iraqi forces have broken through the Islamic State-besieged town of Amerli where thousands of people were trapped for over two months, according to news agency AFP.

Security spokesman Lieutenant General Qassem Atta told AFP: "Our forces entered Amerli and broke the siege".

RAF transport planes took part in a humanitarian air drop to the town last night, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said.

US aircraft also launched airstrikes against IS fighters near the besieged town.

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US 'attempting to verify authenticity' of Isis video

US intelligence community have been working to verify the authenticity of a video purportedly showing the killing of a US journalist by Islamic State, according to the White House.

Reuters reported the White House saying that the US would be appalled if the video is genuine. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said:

We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL.

The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available.

– NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden

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