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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 says Islamic State 'speaks for no religion'

President Barack Obama has stressed that Islamic State "speaks for no religion".

"No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day," he said in response to the video released showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley.

"Isil has no ideology of any value to any human beings their ideology is bankrupt," Obama said. "Isil has no place in the 21st Century."

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