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 leader among America's 'most wanted'

US journalist James Foley is the first known western person to be murdered by Islamic State militants - but similar brutal methods of execution have been used on hundreds of people in Iraq.

The group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was already on America's 'most wanted' list - and some have called him the next Osama Bin Laden.

ITV News diplomatic correspondent John Ray reports on the extremist leader, and the ruthless army he commands.

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