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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's captors 'told his family they intended to kill him'

The family of murdered journalist James Foley received an email from his captors last week which outlined their intention to execute him, GlobalPost's chief executive has confirmed.

Phil Balboni said the email was "full of rage against the United States for the bombing" of Islamic State targets.

"We communicated ... as quickly as we could with the captors and pleaded with them for mercy," he told reporters.

"[We] explained to them that Jim was an innocent journalist, had done no harm to the Syrian people ... Sadly they showed no mercy to Jim."

Foley was a freelance journalist working for the GlobalPost news site in Syria at the time of his capture in 2012.

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