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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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Clegg: I'll listen to security services rather than Boris

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he would rather take advice from the police and security services instead of Boris Johnson when it comes to dealing with Islamic State militants.

Nick Clegg said it was the 'number one priority' to stop militants causing harm in the UK. Credit: ITV News

Speaking to ITV News on a trip to India he said that stopping militants causing harm in the UK was the "number one priority," in response to claims from the London mayor in the Daily Telegraph, that "tide or terror" could arrive in Britain unless action is taken against Islamic State (IS).

He said: "It is what the police, the authorities and the security services are working flat out on and I have huge confidence in the outstanding work that they do. With the greatest respect to Boris Johnson I will listen to what they tell me they need rather than what he says."

He added: "We actually have a number of measures already on the statute books which allow us to keep a very close eye on those people who aren't in prison, aren't sentence but are perceived to be a threat to the UK."

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