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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PM repeats 'no British combat boots on the ground'

By Chris Ship: Deputy Political Editor

After meeting MI5 and MI6 this afternoon, the Prime Minister again repeated there would be no British combat boots on the ground and no British air strikes.

But at Downing Street they assess that Britain is still a threat, irrespective of what we do militarily in Iraq.

Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at Downing Street earlier today. Credit: Pool

Their particular concern is the 500 or so Britons who have gone out to join these fighters and fight for extremists, amid concern they may well find their way back to the UK and bring that terrorism with them.

There was also an interesting intervention today from Scotland Yard, who've urged people not to share this video online and on social media - and warned anyone that who does use it to incite extremism faces prosecution.

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