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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Fellow hostage accuses US and UK of 'taking risks'

Nicolas Henin (C), former French hostage and journalist pictured after his release Credit: Reuters

A French journalist, who was held hostage with James Foley in Syria and subsequently released, has accused the US and UK of failing to "negotiate" over hostages.

Nicolas Henin, who was taken hostage in Syria in June 2013, and released the following April told the BBC: "Many countries actually do negotiate, what they negotiate I do not know...And some countries like America but also like the UK do not negotiate. They put their people at risk."

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