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US jets strike IS armored vehicles in Iraq

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position on the front line in Khazer, west of Arbil, on August 14, 2014US jets and drones launched more air strikes in northern Iraq on Thursday to destroy vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the so-called Islamic State, the military said. The latest operations came after President Barack Obama said the air campaign had achieved its initial objectives but warned of more strikes to protect US personnel in the Kurdish city of Arbil. US Central Command said drones and fighter jets took part in the latest strikes, the first at 1505 GMT to take out two armed trucks that had been firing on Kurdish forces. The second strike took place just over 30 minutes later, targeting an MRAP — a heavy armored truck of the type supplied by Washington to Iraqi forces and presumably captured by IS forces in recent months.

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