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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Islamic State supporters 'reveling in beheading video'

Supporters of the Islamic State are "reveling" in a video appearing to show the beheading of a US journalist, a jihadism expert has told ITV News.

"For the ordinary members of the public this video is brutal; it's shocking; it's really inexplicable....but to those who are supporting the Islamic State they are reveling in this," Shiraz Maher said.

Shiraz Maher speaking to ITV News' Steve Scott. Credit: ITV News

"There is a lot of chatter online where they are supporting this because for them they will enjoy anything that is a challenge to the United States or that humiliates the United State."

Mr Maher said the number of British men joining IS militants fighting in Syria and Iraq shows no sign of falling, as the declaration of a caliphate in IS-held areas had "galvanised" supporters.

Maher suggested it was was unlikely British militants would want to leave the Islamic State to resettle in the UK, with the kidnappings of western individuals and the targeting of British or American interests in the Middle East more likely.

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