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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YouTube to 'terminate accounts promoting IS ideology'

YouTube has said it will terminate any account used to promote the ideology of terrorism, as social media users were urged to stop sharing a video appearing to show the murder of James Foley.

Twitter's chief executive earlier said the site will suspend any user found to be posting graphic images linked to the journalist's death.

YouTube has clear policies that prohibit content like gratuitous violence, hate speech and incitement to commit violent acts, and we remove videos violating these policies when flagged by our users. We also terminate any account registered by a member of a designated foreign terrorist organisation and used in an official capacity to further its interests.

– YouTube spokesman

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