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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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Cameron calls US journalist's killing 'an act of murder'

David Cameron reiterated his condemnation of the "barbaric and brutal" killing of US journalist James Foley, calling it "an act of murder."

"Let's be clear about what this act is - it is an act of murder, and murder without any justification," the Prime Minister said.

"We have not identified the individual responsible on the video, but from what we've seen it looks increasingly likely that it is a British citizen - now this is deeply shocking," he added.

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