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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US: 'ISIS are more than just a terrorist group'

The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al Qaeda, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of ... military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen.

– Chuck Hagel, US Defence Secretary

Asked if ISIS posed a threat comparable to that of the attacks of 9/11, Hagel said the group was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen."

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