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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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Hammond: Islamic State will 'seek to strike Britain'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the Islamic State is “turning a swathe of Iraq and Syria into a terrorist state as a base for launching attacks on the West."

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says Islamic extremists will seek to strike British soil. Credit: PA

Writing in The Sunday Times (£)he said: unless the jihadists are stopped “sooner or later they will seek to strike us on British soil."

The death of US journalist James Foley is a reminder that Islamic extremism is a barbaric ideology that is threatening us at home, he said.

He added: "It is horrifying to think that the perpetrator of this heinous act could have been brought up in Britain."

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