Iraqi forces, militias enter besieged northern town -officials

by Reuters
Sunday, 31 August 2014 10:43 GMT

BAGHDAD, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias entered on Sunday the northern town of Amerli, which had been besieged by the Islamic State for around two months, officials said.

The mayor of Amerli and army officers said troops backed by militias defeated fighters from the Islamic State to the east of the town. Fighting continued to the north of Amerli. (Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed, Editing by Ned Parker)

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