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Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

An internally displaced Iraqi woman holds her sister during a sandstorm at a new camp outside the Bajid Kandala camp in Feeshkhabour town, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP/Khalid Mohammed)

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.

 

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