Iraq is massing forces to relieve the besieged town of Amerli:
Thousands of Shiite militiamen from groups including Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Badr Organization are gathering in the Tuz Khurmatu area of Salaheddin in preparation for a battle to break the siege, a civilian volunteer commander said.
And an army lieutenant general said that security forces were mobilising in the Jabal Hamreen area, to the south of Amerli, to attack from for the southern flank.
Iraqi aircraft have being targeting Islamic State jihadist positions around Amerli, and carried out nine strikes on Tuesday, an officer said.
Time is running out for the 12,000 mainly Shiite Turkmen residents of Amerli, who face danger both because of their Shiite faith, which jihadists consider heresy, and their resistance against the militants, which has drawn deadly retribution elsewhere.
There is “no possibility of evacuating them so far,” and only limited humanitarian assistance is reaching the town, said Eliana Nabaa, the spokesperson for the UN mission in Iraq.
Here’s a case of knowing exactly where the bad guys are, yet our air forces don’t seem to be doing much about it.