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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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New laws to combat extremism announced

The Home Secretary announced a plan for new laws to counter the threat of extremism in Britain in the wake of the killing of American journalist James Foley by a jihadist with a British accent.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports.

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