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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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John Kerry: No masked coward can steal Foley's legacy

US Secretary of State John Kerry has paid tribute to murdered journalist James Foley, saying: "No masked coward can ever steal his legacy."

He also expressed his rage at the Islamic State, who were behind the attack, labelling them "ugly, savage, inexplicable, nihilistic, valueless evil."

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