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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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Theresa May announces new laws to combat extremism

Theresa May is to introduce new laws to combat Islamist extremism following the murder of US journalist James Foley, allegedly by a British jihadist.

Theresa May has announced new plans to combat the threat of Islamist extremism. Credit: PA Wire

The Home Secretary said Britain must introduce all the legal powers necessary to fight "deadly extremist ideology" which could take "decades" to eradicate, in an article for the Daily Telegraph.

Mrs May's plans include: an "anti-social behaviour order" for extremists, making it illegal to join extremist groups that are not directly involved in terrorism, and stripping dual nationals of their citizenship.

Britain was "in the middle of a generational struggle" against extremism, she added.

May's intervention comes amid growing calls to toughen terror laws in the wake of James Foley's death.

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