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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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Govt facing calls to toughen laws to combat extremism

David Cameron is facing increasing calls to toughen laws to combat the threat of Islamist extremism following the murder of US journalist James Foley, allegedly by a British jihadist.

David Cameron is facing calls to toughen laws in response to the murder of a US journalist. Credit: Reuters

Conservative MP Julian Lewis called for more action to tackle extremist ideology, telling the Guardian: "We should not be neutral between Islamist totalitarianism and democracy."

Former Middle East minister Alistair Burt said the government should reconsider the decision to scrap control orders.

"If the authorities believe someone to be dangerous - what sort of monitoring is possible of that individual?

"It is time to revisit control orders. These were cancelled when we came into office. But circumstances have changed," he told the newspaper.

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