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ISIS siege cuts off small
Iraqi town from food, water

CNN, by Jomana Karadsheh*

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 8/24/2014 4:32:48 AM

Baghdad, Iraq -- As violence continues to wrack Iraq, another ethnic slaughter may be in the making by Sunni extremists from ISIS. ISIS fighters have besieged the ethnic Turkmen Shiite town of Amerli in the north for two months, and its fewer than 20,000 residents are without power and running out of food, water and medical supplies. "The situation of the people in Amerli is desperate and demands immediate action to prevent the possible massacre of its citizens," said Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. secretary-general´s special representative for Iraq.

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ISIS siege cuts off small
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CNN, by Jomana Karadsheh*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/24/2014 4:32:48 AM     Post Reply
Baghdad, Iraq -- As violence continues to wrack Iraq, another ethnic slaughter may be in the making by Sunni extremists from ISIS. ISIS fighters have besieged the ethnic Turkmen Shiite town of Amerli in the north for two months, and its fewer than 20,000 residents are without power and running out of food, water and medical supplies. "The situation of the people in Amerli is desperate and demands immediate action to prevent the possible massacre of its citizens," said Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. secretary-general´s special representative for Iraq.

   

 

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ROCHESTER, N.H. – Texas Gov. Rick Perry commemorated the life of James Foley, the American journalist brutally murdered by ISIS, in his New Hampshire hometown today, merely miles from where Foley’s parents live. “This young man personified what courage is all about. He showed us sacrificial service. He went into dangerous parts of the world to shine a bright light into dark places,” Perry said. “It is a very important job that James Foley was engaged in. “We all collectively mourn his death and all America stands with the people of New Hampshire in remembering this hero,” Perry added. “It’s times like

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