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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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Islamic State video 'shows Yazidis converting to Islam'

The Islamic State militant group has released video which it says shows lines of Yazidi men and boys who have converted to Islam after being "enlightened".

The militants say these men are Yazidi converts. Credit: Islamic State/Reuters

Thousands of Yazidis were forced to flee the terror group in northern Iraq after being told they must convert or face death.

Young children are among those being welcomed in the video. Credit: Islamic State/Reuters

Hundreds who refused were captured, slaughtered and buried alive, witnesses say, while many women who avoided death were sent into slavery.

An Islamic State fighter says it is in Yazidis' interests to convert. Credit: Islamic State/Reuters

In the video, an Islamic State fighter says that those who fled to Sinjar Mountain should come down and convert - adding that aid from "western countries and crusader countries... is a lie".

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