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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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Foley's brother: US 'could have done more' to free him

The brother of murdered journalist James Foley has said the US government "could have done more" to free him and other American hostages from Islamic State militants.

Michael Foley told Yahoo! News' Katie Couric, "Other nations have done that and that's been a source of frustration for me."

James Foley's brother and sister, Michael and Katie Foley, spoke to Yahoo! News. Credit: Yahoo! News

“I really, really hope that Jim’s death pushes us to take another look at our approach to terrorist and hostage negotiation,” he said.

Asked about the US government's stance on not paying ransom demands, Michael Foley said, "I understand with such a large nation it's difficult to cover all the bases but, even taking the money aside, there's more that could have been done on Jim's behalf".

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