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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National Security Council: 'Beheading' video is authentic

The US National Security Council has confirmed a video released by the Islamic State purporting to show US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff is authentic.

The US Intelligence Community has analysed the recently-released video showing US citizens James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

We have reached the judgement that this video is authentic.

We will continue to provide updates as they are available.

– NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden

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