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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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Mother of US journalist 'killed by Isis' proud of son

James Foley, Aleppo, Syria pictured in July 2012 Credit: Nicole Tung

The mother of a US journalist, purportedly seen being killed in a video reported to be by Islamic militants, has said James Foley "gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people". In a statement on Facebook, she said:

We have never been prouder of our son Jim.

We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.

We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.

– Diane Foley

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