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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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PM: 'Deeply shocking' British citizen could be involved

US journalist James Foley's murder, apparently at the hands of a British Islamic State (IS) fighter, shows clearly the depravity and violence in Syria and Iraq - the killing filmed and released as propaganda by IS.

The footage is too shocking to show.

You may find some of the details distressing in this report by ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship:

David Cameron has ordered the security services to try to identify the killer.

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