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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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Journalist held captive with Foley: I lost a close friend

French journalist Nicolas Henin said he has lost "a close friend" following James Foley's killing by an Islamic State fighter.

Henin, who was held captive with Foley in Syria before being released in April, told ITV News his death was "horrific news".

"I lost not only a good colleague but also a close friend," he added.

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