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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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British imams say Isis 'is not what Muslims stand for'

Leading British imams and clerics have released a video rejecting the Islamic State's ideology following the apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley.

The film, posted on YouTube, aims to "tackle the ISIS ideology of barbarism, persecuting minorities, brutal murder and enslavement of women."

"It's extremely horrifying terribly upsetting to see that beheading, killing and persecution of people is taking place in the name of Islam," Imam Qari Asim says during the video.

Barking Masjid secretary Ustadh Ashfaq Sadiq adds, "This is not what Muslims stand for, it is not what I stand for as a Muslim."

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