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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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France calls for coordinated action against Islamic State

France has said it would like the permanent members of the UN Security Council and regional countries, including Arab states and Iran, to coordinate action against Islamic State militants.

France has called for coordinated action against Islamic State militants. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

"In our minds and we hope that it will be possible, Foreign Minister Faurent Fabius said.

The UN Security Council's five permanent members are the US, UK, France, Russia and China.

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