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Iraqi Shiite Turkmens, mostly women and children, try to board an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight Saturday. The helicopter was bringing in supplies to Amirli, a town that has been completely surrounded by militants with the Islamic State group since mid-July, some 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The Iraqi military has been flying in food, medicine and weapons, but residents say the aid isn't enough, and that many are falling victim to disease and heat stroke in the relentless August heat.

Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

– A military spokesman and a lawmaker say Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen have broken a two-month siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli.

Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said Sunday that forces "reached" the town, but gave no details. Turkmen lawmaker Fawzi Akram al-Tarzi said the forces entered the town from two directions and are distributing aid to residents.

On Saturday, the U.S. conducted airstrikes against the Sunni militants and air-dropped humanitarian aid to residents. Aircraft from Australia, France and Britain joined the U.S. in the aid drop, which came after a request from the Iraqi government.

About 15,000 Shiite Turkmens were stranded in the farming community some 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

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