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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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Islamic State killer appeared to have 'British accent'

An Islamic State fighter who has claimed to have killed an American journalist appeared to be speaking with a British accent.

James Foley has been missing since 2012. Credit: Facebook/Jonathan Pedneault

In the five-minute video entitled "A message to America", a man believed to be James Foley is seen kneeling in an unknown location as a masked IS militant stands by his side.

The fighter, holding a knife, says the killing is a response to US air strikes in Iraq, warning of further attacks against Americans if there is further action in the country.

The victim also made a statement during the video, saying he wanted to ask his friends, family and loved ones to "rise up against my real killers, the US government".

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