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Iraqi forces, militias break siege in Amerli -officials

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 01:20

Iraqi security forces and militias break a two-month siege of northern Iraqi town of Amerli by Islamic State militants. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday (August 31) broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, officials said. The mayor of Amerli and army officers said troops backed by militias defeated fighters from the Islamic State (IS) to the east of the town. Fighting continued to the north of Amerli in several villages. It was hailed as a huge strategic victory for the Iraqi security forces and the militia fighters who joined them after a summer that saw the Islamic State lead other Sunni armed groups in seizing almost one-third of the country's territory. Military spokesman Qassim al-Attta described Amerli as a launching pad to retake the northern province of Salahuddin, including its capital, which was captured by IS in June. While Kurdish fighters, backed by US air strikes, had beat back the Islamic State after losing terrain in August, the collection of Shi'ite security forces and militias had yet to score a significant military win. Armed residents had managed to fend off attacks by IS fighters, who encircled the town and regarded its majority Shi'ite Turkmen population as apostates. More than 15,000 people had remained trapped inside Amerli.

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Iraqi forces, militias break siege in Amerli -officials

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 01:20