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Caption:A Iraqi Turkmen Shiite fighter, who volunteered to join the government forces, holds a position on August 4, 2014 in Amerli, some 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Baghdad, as the city has been completely surrounded by Islamic State (IS) Sunni militants for more than six weeks. Residents say a humanitarian disaster is imminent in the town, which has been without power and drinking water for days. IS fighters, who run large swathes of neighbouring Syria, launched a blistering offensive on June 9 that saw them capture the Iraqi city of Mosul and move into much of Iraq's Sunni heartland. AFP PHOTO / ALI AL-BAYATI (Photo credit should read ALI AL-BAYATI/AFP/Getty Images)
Caption:A Iraqi Turkmen Shiite fighter, who volunteered to join the government forces, holds a position on August 4, 2014 in Amerli, some 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Baghdad, as the city has been completely surrounded by Islamic State (IS) Sunni militants for more than six weeks. Residents say a humanitarian disaster is imminent in the town, which has been without power and drinking water for days. IS fighters, who run large swathes of neighbouring Syria, launched a blistering offensive on June 9 that saw them capture the Iraqi city of Mosul and move into much of Iraq's Sunni heartland. AFP PHOTO / ALI AL-BAYATI (Photo credit should read ALI AL-BAYATI/AFP/Getty Images)

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