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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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Johnson calls for tougher powers on British extremists

Boris Johnson has said tougher laws are needed to combat the threat of British extremists who leave to fight for the Islamic State.

Boris Johnson has called for tougher measures to deal with British extremists. Credit: PA Wire

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson said control orders should be brought back immediately for the most serious cases.

The Mayor of London said those who travel to fight for the terrorist group should be stripped of their citizenship - echoing calls from senior Tory MP David Davis.

Johnson said there should be a "swift and minor change to the law" so that there is a "rebuttable presumption" that those who have travelled to Iraq and Syria, without notifying the authorities, have done so for a "terrorist purpose".

Johnson warned that unless Britain acts to "close down" the Islamic State, the "tide of terror will eventually lap at our own front door."

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