Iraqi forces break IS seige on Amerli
Shi´ite militia (pictured below) supported the Iraqi security forces to retake the town of Amerli (Haidar Hamdani/ AFP).
In Iraq, a two-month siege by Islamic State (IS) militants has broken in the town of Amerli.
Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias entered the northern town on Sunday.
It was hailed a huge victory for the Iraqi security forces after the Sunni militants seized almost one-third of the country’s territory.
Fighting continued in several villages to the north of Amerli.
The US had carried out air strikes on Islamic state positions near the town on Saturday.
US President Barack Obama authorised the limited military operation to allow humanitarian air drops to take place and to prevent IS attacks on civilians there.
More aid was dropped from British, French and Australian planes.
Meanwhile fighting raged elsewhere in Iraq. In the western city of Ramadi a suicide bomber killed 22 security personnel and 15 civilians.