Iraqi forces break ISIL siege of Turkmen town

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Manju Shukla
Date  31/08/2014

Iraqi forces backed by thousands of volunteers have broken the siege on the town of Amerli, where thousands of civilians have been trapped by the ISIL terrorists.

Iraqi army sources say troops entered the besieged town on Sunday. Thousands of Kurdish Peshmerga forces also took part in the operation on Saturday to lift the ISIL-imposed blockade of the town.

Iraqi planes have been targeting the Takfiris’ positions since the forces started mobilizing against the Takfiris there.

The residents of the town are facing a shortage of food and water and the humanitarian condition has been described as dire.

UN had earlier warned that Shia Turkmen residents of the volatile town who are besieged by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists could be massacred if urgent action was not taken to rescue them.

The residents of this small community about 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad have been living under the ISIL siege for more than two months.

The Iraqi troops including the army and popular forces have inflicted heavy losses on the ISIL Takfiri militants who occupied some swathes of land earlier this summer. The army has regained control of some regions in recent days.

ISIL terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their advances in Iraq.

Several gruesome video footages were released, purportedly showing members of the ISIL Takfiri terror group brutally killing Shia Muslims in drive-by shootings in Iraq.

The terrorist group has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

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Aug 31, 2014 1:33 PM
The U.S. strikes around Amerli in support of Iraqi troops on Saturday, and which the Pentagon said would be “limited in their scope and duration,” appeared to swiftly tilt the balance in favor of Iraqi government forces.
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enough is enough
Aug 31, 2014 1:24 PM
Poor Iraqis,defenceless,panic and in need of help,but one question is always on the top of many questions,why Americans who claim and show willingness to help Iraqis are not actively involved in rescue mission because they have combat training and well equiped,the more this process prolong the more loss of life we will see,seems there is not united front to fight ISIL.
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cynic
Aug 31, 2014 12:39 PM
They could not do this without the weapons supplied by Iran to Peshmerga for which the president of semi autonomous Kurdistan region thanked Iran explicitly. This is while Obama admitted he has no strategy to fight ISIL.
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