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Iraq breaks siege of town of Amerli under ISIS control

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Iraq breaks siege of town of Amerli under ISIS control

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 31, 2014

Iraq security alongside volunteer fighters have broken the siege of Amerli after the terror group ISIS took over the town of fewer than 20,000 residents around mid-June. Amerli is reportedly home to many of Iraq's Shiite Turkmen.

Last week, Human Rights' U.N. High Commissioner Navi Pillay said in a statement, "Residents [of Amerli] are enduring harsh living conditions with severe food and water shortages, and a complete absence of medical services -- and there are fears of a possible imminent massacre," reports CNN.

This breakthrough has come after "U.S. military conducted 'coordinated airstrikes' against ISIS targets as part of an effort to support the humanitarian operation, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said," further reports CNN. "Australia, France and the UK also participated in the [humanitarian] aid drop."

According to CNN, ISIS believes Shiite Turkmen are "heretics" and have "vowed to push them out."

Besides the U.K. government raising its threat level to "severe" over the weekend, the U.S. also has also acknowledged its own possible threat by ISIS, as seen in the video above

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.