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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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Renewed urgency on preventing radicalisation in the UK

As the hunt continues for the extremist who murdered journalist James Foley, there is a renewed urgency on preventing the radicalisation of young British Muslims.

The on-screen beheading by the apparently British jihadist has cast a new light on the 500 Britons believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with terrorist groups.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:

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