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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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Murdered journalist's family: Killers are 'not human'

The family of murdered US journalist James Foley have described the Islamic State militants who are believed to have beheaded him on camera as "not human".

Speaking to journalists, his father John said the Islamic State had cut a "path of destruction and suffering", the likes of which was "not in human nature".

And his brother, also named John, described how Foley's final words to him were that his "last hope" was to one day be with family again.

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