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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James Foley 'truly believed he was making a difference'

James Foley "truly believed in what he was doing", his friend has said, after the US journalist was filmed being killed by an Islamic militant.

Matthew VanDyke, who met Foley as a prisoner under the Gaddafi regime in Libya, said that his passion "drove him" to report from conflict areas.

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