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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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Lord Carey: Britons fighting for IS should lose passports

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has called for Britons fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to lose their passports.

Lord Carey said Britons fighting for the Islamic State should lose their passports. Credit: PA

Writing in the Mail on Sunday he said: "They should not have access to the privilege of travelling under a British passport . . . and they certainly should not be able to travel back with the barbaric and bloodthirsty skills they have gained."

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