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U.S. looking at aid mission to Iraq Turkmens

Posted: August 28, 2014 at 4:41 a.m.

President Barack Obama's administration is considering a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmens in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

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