Iraqi air force bombs ISIS in Amerli
ISIS militants are targeting Shia Turkmen in Amerli. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi fighter jets have targeted several hideouts of ISIS terrorists besieging Shia Turkmen town of Amerli, security sources say.
Iraqi security officials said on Wednesday that the warplanes carried out nine airstrikes against the militants surrounding the volatile town in the northern Salahuddin Province.
The residents of this small Shia Turkmen community about 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad have been living under the ISIS siege for more than two months. Figures show some 12,000 Turkmens are trapped in the town with food, water and medical supplies running out.
UN Iraq envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, has warned that Shia residents of Amerli could be massacred if urgent action is not taken to rescue them.
International organizations have also warned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the troubled region.
“The people are still besieged and stranded there,” said Eliana Nabaa, the spokeswoman for the UN mission in Iraq.
Western media reports say President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to authorize air raids and aid drops in the area.
The ISIS terrorists have threatened various communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Yazidi Kurds, during their advances in Iraq.
They have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they have taken, including the mass execution of civilians as well as Iraqi army troops and officers.
Several gruesome video footages were released, purportedly showing members of the ISIS terror group brutally killing Shia Muslims in drive-by shootings in Iraq.
The terrorist group has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.