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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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Police making 'significant progress' in Foley probe

Police are making "significant progress" in the investigation into the murder of US journalist James Foley.

James Foley was murdered by Islamic State militants. Credit: Facebook/Nicole Tung

Islamic State militants released a video last week appearing to show the journalist's beheading by a masked fighter with a British accent.

Mark Rowley, Metropolitian Police Assistant Commissioner, said the investigation was progressing but declined to give any further details.

"Investigators are making significant progress but we will not be giving a running commentary," Mr Rowley said.

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