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Besieged Iraqi Turkmen town begs for military help

Posted: August 21, 2014 at 4:31 a.m.

Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari, left, walks with Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Renzi started a one-day visit to Iraq, meeting with the outgoing Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and premier-designate, Haider al-Abadi, along with other officials.
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Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari, left, walks with Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Renzi started a one-day visit to Iraq, meeting with the outgoing Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and premier-designate, Haider al-Abadi, along with other officials.

Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants appealed to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the United Nations started an aid push to help Iraqis uprooted by the extremists.

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