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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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PM returning to No.10 to discuss 'shocking' Iraq video

David Cameron is returning to Downing Street this morning to hold meetings over the "shocking and depraved" murder of journalist James Foley, No 10 said.

David Cameron will return to Downing Street following the apparent murder of James Foley. Credit: PA Wire

In graphic footage released by the Islamic State, Foley is apparently beheaded by a militant who speaks with a British accent.

"If true, the brutal murder of James Foley is shocking and depraved," a No 10 statement said.

"The Prime Minister is returning to Downing St this morning. He will meet with the Foreign Secretary and senior officials from the Home Office, Foreign Office and the agencies to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by ISIL terrorists."

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