|Iraq breaks ISIL siege of Amerli||
Government forces mainly composed of Kurdish fighters and armed volunteers have broken through the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant group siege on the town of Amerli located between Baghdad, and the northern city of Kirkuk, sources told Al Jazeera.
Iraqi forces and the armed volunteers entered the city on Sunday, where at least 12,000 people have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water.
"Our forces entered Amerli and broke the siege," security spokesman Lieutenant General Qassem Atta told the AFP news agency.
Adel al-Bayati, mayor of Amerli, also confirmed the report to Reuters’ news agency saying that government forces are now "inside" the town, adding that it "will definitely relieve the suffering of residents."
Al Jazeera's reporter from Tuz Kharmatu near Amerli, said that fighting continues in the south and north of the town as government forces try to drive out the ISIL terrorists.
Government forces were also backed by Shias.
On Saturday, the U.S. military attacked Islamic State of Iraq and Levant positions and airdropped humanitarian aid to the trapped civilians, mostly Shia Turkmen minority.
Reports on Sunday said more aid was dropped from British, French and Australian planes.
Armed residents had managed to fend off attacks by the ISIL, who encircled the town and regarded its majority population as apostates.
U.S. jets and drones have also attacked the ISIL positions near Iraq's Mosul Dam.
In the previous weeks, the U.S. forces have conducted airstrikes in support of Iraqi and Kurdish forces on the ground, fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, which controls large areas in Syria and Iraq.
Since June, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant group has captured large swaths of northern Iraq.
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|Last Updated on 01 September 2014 05:21|