The Islamic State (IS) reached Amerli, 100 miles north of Baghdad, two months ago, but the terrorist group is attempting to tighten control of the town. The residents alerted officials in Baghdad just hours after suicide bombs and a mosque massacre left almost 100 people dead. The jihadists “mined its roads and posted snipers on its outskirts so that no one could leave.” The news rattled people in Baghdad because this is how IS begins every takeover, which leads to massacres and minorities leaving the towns. merli is home to Shi’ite Muslim Turkmen minority. Baghdad is worried these people will face the same horrific treatment IS inflicted on Yazidis, other Shi’ite Muslims, and Christians as the terrorist group continues its way across Iraq. The Yazidi massacres in Sinjar prompted the United States to conduct airstrikes on IS. Now Turkmen officials want the U.S. to target Amerli. “Why did they hit ISIS in Sinjar but not in Amerli?” asked Fawzi Akram Tarzi, a Turkmen member of Iraqi Parliament. “We want the international community to deal with all Iraqi citizens in the same way.” The Turkmen are considered a minority but are the third largest ethnic group in Iraq. The last reliable census was
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