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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: We all feel the ache of James Foley's loss

President Barack Obama said all Americans "feel the ache" of the loss of James Foley, the US journalist beheaded in a video released by Islamic State militants.

Obama said Foley was "a man who lived for his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings and was liked and loved by friends and family."

"All of us mourn his loss," the President said.

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