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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 was 'aware of dangers before going to Syria'

James Foley was "aware of the dangers" but "believed in what he was doing", a friend has said, after video appearing to show the journalist's death was released.

Film-maker Matthew VanDyke told BBC Radio 4's Today programme seeing news of his friend's apparent execution was "a complete nightmare"

"He was certainly aware of the dangers, he was very professional," he said.

"He had a love for what he did and he wanted to tell the story of the Syrian people. And nothing was going to stop him from doing that."

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