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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 warns of 'tide of terror' unless action is taken

Boris Johnson has warned a "tide or terror" could arrive in Britain unless action is taken against Islamic State (IS).

Suggesting stronger military action is needed, Mr Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph that doing nothing to combat the threat of IS was "surely the worst of all".

What is the point of having a defence budget, if we don't at least try to prevent the establishment of a terrorist 'caliphate' that is profoundly hostile to civilised values?

Do nothing now, and the tide of terror will eventually lap at our own front door.

– Boris Johnson

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