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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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Iraqi forces end Islamic State siege of Amerli

The Islamic State's two-month siege around the Iraqi town of Amerli has been broken, freeing around 15,000 locals who it was feared were facing a possible massacre.

UK aid drops and US air strikes played a part in the rescue, but Defence Secretary Michael Fallon insisted that was as far as Britain's involvement in the crisis will go.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.

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