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Iraqi forces launch offensive to break Islamic State's siege of Amerli
Iraqi forces launch offensive to break Islamic State's siege of Amerli

Iraqi forces launched a ground operation Saturday to break a nearly three-month siege of a town encircled by Islamic State extremists and in urgent need of supplies, residents said. Iraqi army soldiers, Kurdish forces and pro-government Shiite Muslim militiamen pushed toward the town of Amerli from the north, east and west, with residents reporting loud firing that some described as tank rounds. The offensive, which had been predicted for days, cheered residents of Amerli, a farming community 100 miles north of Baghdad with a population of 15,000, mainly ethnic Turkmen Shiites. Surrounded by Sunni Arab militants since June, its water and electricity have been cut off, food and medical...

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