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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Public urged to help identify 'aspiring terrorists'

Police have appealed to the public to help identify "aspiring terrorists" who are showing signs of becoming radicalised.

Mark Rowley, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, said nearly half of people travelling to Syria were not known as terrorist risks previously.

Rowley said: "Police activity has been escalating for many months now ... Such arrests are being made at a rate fivefold to that of 2013.

"We are appealing to the public, family members and friends to help identify aspiring terrorists; they may be about to travel abroad, have just returned or be showing signs of becoming radicalised."

He called on community and religious leaders to speak out against "warped narratives" to combat extremism.

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