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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Former home secretary criticises 'Asbos for terrorists'

Home Secretary Theresa May's plans for "Asbos for terrorists" has been criticised by the former shadow home secretary and fellow Conservative David Davis.

Former Conservative minister and shadow home secretary David Davis. Credit: PA

Writing in the Mail on Sunday he said: "Asbos for terrorists? It is hard to imagine the ISIS killers quaking in their boots."

He also joined the calls to strip British jihadists fighting in Iraq and Syria of their citizenship, adding the government's response to the crisis in Iraq had been 'tentative, uncertain, almost limp" and he suggested the men heading overseas to fight were committing treason.

He said: "Since these young men are in effect swearing allegiance to a hostile state, they should all forfeit their British citizenship - not just those who are dual nationals."

He added: "IS is claiming to be a state. They can issue these young men with Islamic State passports if they so wish. It is not our problem that they would have trouble getting into any civilised country with them."

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