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US conducts airstrikes, sends aid for Iraqi city under siege by militants

Iraqi Shiite Turkmens earlier Saturday disembark from an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight that brought supplies to Amirli, a town that has been completely surrounded by militants with the Islamic State group since mid-July.

Associated Press

Iraqi Shiite Turkmens earlier Saturday disembarked from an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight that brought supplies to Amirli, a town that has been completely surrounded by militants with the Islamic State group since mid-July.

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says the US military has conducted airstrikes and dropped humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Iraqi city of Amirli, where thousands of Shiite Turkomen have been cut off from food and water for nearly two months by Islamic State militants.

The Pentagon’s press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says aircraft from Australia, France and Britain joined the US in the aid drop.

The US military conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State militants in order to support the aid delivery.

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