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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ISIS militants 'demanded £80 million for Foley'

The Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley had demanded a ransom of £80 million ($132 million) for his release, a US official says.

James Foley was kidnapped in Syria in 2012. Credit: Nicole Tung

The demands were sent in emails to Mr Foley's family in New Hampshire.

Mr Foley's former employer, publication GlobalPost, said that the militants first demanded the money late last year.

US policy prohibits the government negotiating with terrorists, including paying ransom.

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