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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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Hammond: Agencies trying to identify 'British' militant

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has told ITV News British agencies are "urgently investigating" a video that appears to show a British jihadist killing a US journalist.

He said the first step is to authenticate the video and then to establish the identity of the "murderer".

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