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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James Foley's father says cruel execution 'haunts' him

The father of murdered US journalist James Foley has said the "cruel" method of execution haunts him.

Foley is believed to have been beheaded by Islamic State militants in a video designed to "send a message" to the United States.

In an emotional statement, John Foley said his son's demeanour was a testament to his courage.

It haunts me how much pain he was in and how cruel this method of execution is.

It testifies to his courage. He was courageous to the end.

– John Foley

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