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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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Foley 'loved reporting and exposing untold stories'

James Foley, who is believed to have been killed by an Islamic State fighter, previously spoke of his love of reporting and exposing untold stories.

  • The 40-year-old, from New Hampshire, has been missing since his car was stopped in Syria in November 2012
  • Foley was working for Agence-France Press and GlobalPost at the time
  • He was held captive in Libya in 2011 but was released
  • The reporter previously told the BBC that he was "drawn to the drama of the conflict and trying to expose untold stories"

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