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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 special forces had failed to rescue Syria hostages

US special forces had tried to rescue hostages in Syria this summer, including James Foley, senior officials in the Obama administration have revealed.

The mission was authorised after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location where the hostages were being held.

However, the special operations troops who were dropped by aircraft into Syria did not find the hostages, and engaged in a firefight with Islamic State militants before departing.

ITV News' James Mates reports from Washington:

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