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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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Obama: 'Entire world is appalled' by journalist's murder

President Barack Obama has said the "entire world is appalled" by the murder of US journalist James Foley.

"Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that has shocked the conscience of the whole world," Obama said at a press conference.

US President Barack Obama. Credit: RTV

US intelligence officials earlier confirmed that the Islamic State video of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff - who is still believed to be held captive - was authentic.

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