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Iraqi forces 'break siege' of Amerli

31 August 2014 Last updated at 22:56 BST

Iraqi forces have reached the besieged town of Amerli in northern Iraq, where thousands have been trapped by jihadists, military officials say.

Government forces were backed by American air strikes as they fought to relieve the town, which is just over a hundred miles north of Baghdad

The BBC's Middle East Correspondent Jim Muir reports.