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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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Journalist pays tribute to 'extraordinarily brave' Foley

A journalist who spent months with James Foley in Syria has paid tribute to the "extraordinarily brave" 40-year-old.

Video released by the Islamic State group apparently shows Foley being beheaded by a masked militant, who speaks with a British accent.

James Foley was kidnapped in Syria in 2012. Credit: Facebook/Nicole Tung

“Jim Foley was one of the kindest people I’ve met, a dedicated journalist and also extraordinarily brave," Times Correspondent Tom Coghlan said.

"I last saw him on the Syrian border in August 2012 a few months before he was kidnapped. He was happy and typically generous of spirit. That’s how I remember him.

"What can one say and think of the people who could do this?”

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