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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People will be held accountable 'one way or the other'

US Attorney General Eric Holder has said those responsible for journalist James Foley's murder will be held accountable "one way or the other".

Holder warned: "Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something - this Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation, we have long memories and our reach is very wide.

US Attorney General Eric Holder speaking today. Credit: RTV

"We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable one way or the other."

He stressed that the open criminal investigation into Foley's death will be pursued "vigorously".

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