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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British authorities 'close' to identifying Foley suspect

CNN is reporting that the British Ambassador to the United States has said they are "close" to identifying the Briton suspected of beheading American journalist James Foley.

Ambassador Peter Westmacott told CNN "We are very close to identifying who this guy is," during their "State of the Union" programme today.

"We're putting a lot into it," he said, including using voice-recognition technology to track down the killer.

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