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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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US revealed failed rescue bid 'as news outlets knew'

The US government decided to reveal the failed attempt to rescue James Foley and his fellow hostages in Syria as "several news outlets" were aware of the operation, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel. Credit: RTV

Hagel told a news conference, "The underlying objective, as the President has said, was to rescue these hostages knowing that their lives were in danger ... it's the responsibility of our government and our leaders to do all we can to take action."

We'll do everything that we need to do, that the American people would expect from their leaders to continue to do everything we can to get our hostages back.

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