BAGHDAD: An Iraqi lawmaker said residents of a minority Shiite town besieged by Sunni militants were appealing to the military to help end the siege.
Lawmaker Fawzi Akram al-Tarzi said Wednesday that nearly 15,000 Shiite Turkmens in the town of Amirli have been besieged for the past two months by militants affiliated with the Al-Qaeda-breakaway group ISIS.
Tarzi said the army had airdropped some weapons and supplies to the townspeople who are putting up a fierce resistance. Amirli is about 170 kilometers north of Baghdad.
ISIS has been on a rampage this summer, after seizing large swaths of western and northern Iraq.
Resident Jaafar Kadhim al-Bayati said over the phone that children in Amirli were getting sick and that the town needed more help.