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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Execution video 'a threat to Britain'

The video purporting to show the execution of US journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants is a "come on" to supporters in the UK, security expert Dr Sally Leivesley told Good Morning Britain.

"We have to take a risk message here in Britain, and the risk will be first in the local communities where those sympathisers are," Dr Leivesley said.

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