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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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May: UK may struggle against extremism for decades

Britain may struggle against extremist ideology for decades, the Home Secretary has warned.

Announcing plans to toughen laws to tackle British jihadists, Theresa May said Britain needed to introduce all the legal powers necessary to combat extremism.

We are in the middle of a generational struggle against a deadly extremist ideology

We will be engaged in this struggle for many years, probably decades. We must give ourselves all the legal powers we need to prevail.

I am looking again at the case for new banning orders for extremist groups that fall short of the legal threshold for terrorist proscription, as well as for new civil powers to target extremists who seek to radicalise others.

For those who have dual nationality, I have the power to strip them of their citizenship and exclude them from the country.

Following the recent Immigration Act, I can, in certain circumstances, remove citizenship from naturalised Britons who are fighting overseas and exclude them too.

– Theresa May

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