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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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UK jihadi: I would be honoured to behead someone

Two British jihadis have given a video interview in reaction to the filmed beheading of US journalist James Foley, telling CNN that the killing was a "justified response to the crimes of the US against the Islamic State".

Speaking from behind a mask, one of the men - who appeared to speak with a northern English accent - said that he would be "more than honoured" to take part in such an execution, adding "I hope that God gives me such a chance to do such a thing as the brother did with James Foley."

To watch the interview in full visit the CNN website

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