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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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Government 'looking at options' to combat extremism

Business Secretary Vince Cable says the government is "looking at a variety of options" to deal with Islamist extremism in the UK.

The government is facing calls to strengthen terror laws following the murder of US journalist James Foley apparently by a British jihadist.

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