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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: 'No just God' would stand for Foley's murder

US President Barack Obama has condemned the murder of American journalist James Foley, saying "no just God" would stand for it.

Obama said the Islamic State, which is believed to have carried out the killing, would "fail" in their mission because they only want to destroy, while the US would "continue to do what we must do to protect our people".

ITV News' James Mates reports from Washington:

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