Iraqi Forces Break Siege of Northern Town
Iraqi officials say their forces broke through Sunday to the jihadist-besieged northern town of Amerli, where thousands of people have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food, water and medical supplies.
The U.S. Defense Department says the United States conducted airstrikes Saturday against the Islamic State militants around Amerli and dropped humanitarian aid to those trapped in the town.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement the U.S. Air Force delivered the aid alongside aircraft from Australia, France and Britain.
Kirby said the U.S. military conducted coordinated airstrikes against nearby Islamic State terrorists to support the humanitarian assistance operation.
Police Attack Journalists Covering Pakistan Protests
Pakistani police have attacked television crews and other journalists covering clashes between anti-government protesters and police in Islamabad.
A VOA correspondent in Pakistan's capital says several cameramen with Pakistani news organizations have been wounded and reporters have been severely beaten by police.
A minister close to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attacks on journalists, as have news organizations across the country.
Pakistan's military chief, General Raheel Sharif, has called a Sunday meeting of his corps commanders in the wake of the continued violence.
The protesters are demanding Sharif resign, alleging massive fraud in the May 2013 election that brought Sharif to power.
International observers have said the vote was largely free and fair.