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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US and Britain hunt fighter who murdered James Foley

US and British intelligence services have pooled resources in their hunt for the Islamic State fighter who murdered journalist James Foley.

Reports claim the hooded figure was one of three British men guarding foreign hostages - a group dubbed 'The Beatles'.

Warning: ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner's report contains images you may find distressing.

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