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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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McCain: Foley's murder 'should serve as a turning point'

Former US presidential candidate John McCain said the beheading of journalist James Foley should serve as a turning point for Barack Obama's deliberations on how to deal with Islamic State militants.

"I don't think there's any doubt that this horrible video on the internet is bound to have an impact on the American people," McCain told Reuters.

Republican Senator John McCain also called for a dramatic increase in air strikes, Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

"The nature of the brutality of this organisation has been brought home by this."

The Republican senator called for a dramatic increase in air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and suggested they should extend into Syria, saying, "We have to defeat them, not stop them."

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