BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi lawmaker says residents of a minority Shiite town besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to the military to help end the siege.
Lawmaker Fawzi Akram al-Tarzi said on Wednesday that nearly 15,000 Shiite Turkmens in the town of Amirli have been besieged for the past two months by militants affiliated with the al-Qaida-breakaway Islamic State group.
Al-Tarzi says the army has airdropped some weapons and supplies to the townspeople who are putting up a fierce resistance. Amirli is about 170 kilometers (105 miles) north of Baghdad.
The Islamic State has been on a rampage this summer, after seizing large swaths of western and northern Iraq.
Resident Jaafar Kadhim al-Bayati said over the phone that children in Amirli are getting sick and that the town needs more help.