Canisters of gas are distributed to residents of the Iraqi town of Amirli after Iraqi forces broke a monthslong jihadist siege. AFP PHOTO/ ALI AL-SAADI
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Iraqi government forces made more progress Tuesday in their fightback against jihadists, even as anger boiled over in Baghdad, where protesters stormed parliament over the fate of missing soldiers who surrendered in June. After breaking a monthslong jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen-majority town of Amirli by ISIS fighters, troops also regained control of part of a key highway linking Baghdad to the north.Two towns north of Amirli were already taken from the jihadists Monday as Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, won their first major victories since the army's collapse across much of the north in June.The U.S. said it launched four airstrikes in the Amirli area, meaning it effectively supported operations involving militia forces that previously fought against U.S. troops in Iraq.The June collapse of Iraqi forces against ISIS-led insurgents left some 1,700 soldiers who surrendered in jihadist hands, with many believed to have been executed.
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