U.S. military carries out airstrikes, aid drops to Iraqi town surrounded by ISIS


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with video
cnn.com/2014/08/30/world/meast/isis-iraq-syria/

CNN) – The United States says it has carried out airstrikes and dropped humanitarian aid in the Iraqi town of Amerli to protect an ethnic minority that one official says faces the threat of an “imminent massacre.”
The town of Amerli, which has been besieged by ISIS fighters, is home to many of Iraq’s Shiite Turkmen.
To help the trapped people, the United States has carried out humanitarian airdrops, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said late Saturday.
Australia, France and the UK also participated in the aid drop.
The U.S. military conducted “coordinated airstrikes” against ISIS targets as part of an effort to support the humanitarian operation, Kirby said.
Video released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense was strikingly similar to the scenes of the dire situation faced by the Yazidis, who were trapped on the Sinjar Mountains by ISIS, earlier this month. Dozens of people crowded helicopters, hoping to be rescued. Scores more awaited the arrival life-saving supplies in the scorching summer sun.
ISIS fighters have surrounded Amerli, 70 miles north of Baquba, since since mid-June. The town’s fewer than 20,000 residents are without power.


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The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shia town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said.
President Barack Obama authorised the new military action, broadening US operations in Iraq amid an international outcry over the threat to Amerli’s mostly ethnic Turkmen population.
Aid was delivered by US aircraft as well as planes from Britain, France and Australia, signaling headway in Obama’s efforts to draw allies into the fight against Islamic State.
Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants’ siege of Amerli, which has been surrounded by the militants for more than two months.
Armed residents of Amerli have managed to fend off attacks by the Islamic State fighters, who regard its majority Shia Turkmen population as apostates. More than 15,000 people remain trapped inside.
“At the request of the government of Iraq, the United States military today airdropped humanitarian aid to the town of Amerli, home to thousands of Shia Turkmen who have been cut off from receiving food, water, and medical supplies for two months by ISIL,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said, using an alternative name for Islamic State.
“In conjunction with this airdrop, US aircraft conducted coordinated air strikes against nearby ISIL terrorists in order to support this humanitarian assistance operation,” he said, adding that a key objective was to prevent a militant attack on civilians in the town.
thedailystar.net/us-planes-strike-isis-in-iraq-39486


#3

I commend the humanitarian effort by the United States.

Without the aid Russia has given to Syria and the despot Assad, perhaps we would see more peace over there. We can only pray.


#4

Your friends and allies will be there with you,


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