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 says Foley 'was a support to everyone'

A French journalist who was held hostage with James Foley in Syria has told ITV News he was "a support to everyone" during their time in captivity together.

"James was just great," Nicolas Henin, who was released in April, said.

French journalist Nicolas Henin speaks to ITV News' Neil Connery. Credit: ITV News

Speaking about the Islamic State fighters who held them captive, Henin said, "When it comes to Isis there are an extensive amount of fighters coming from all over the world with many different accents."

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