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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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US forces 'failed to rescue US hostages in Syria'

The US military has failed in a recent attempt to rescue US hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, the Pentagon said in a statement, after journalist James Foley was killed by militants.

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