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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Second US journalist threatened in 'beheading video'

A second journalist is seen at the end of a video appearing to show the beheading of James Foley by Islamic State militants.

The US reporter, Steven Joel Sotloff, who went missing near the border of Syria and Turkey last year, is threatened at the end of the footage as he kneels in an orange jumpsuit.

The Islamic State fighter, speaking with a British accent, says Sotloff's life depends on President Obama's "next decision".

Sotloff had written for TIME, The National Interest and Media Line before his disappearance in August 2013.

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