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US jets strike jihadists in Iraq

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position on a tank on the front line in Khazer, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40km West of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on August 8, 2014US warplanes bombed jihadist positions in northern Iraq, in what the federal and Kurdish governments vowed would allow them to start clawing back areas lost in two months of conflict. President Barack Obama’s order for the first air strikes on Iraq since he put an end to US occupation in 2011 came after Islamic State (IS) militants made massive gains on the ground, seizing a dam and forcing a mass exodus of religious minorities. The Pentagon said US forces bombed an artillery position on Friday, after fire against Kurdish regional government forces defending their capital Arbil. Late Friday the Pentagon said that cargo planes escorted by combat jets made a second air drop of food and water to “thousands of Iraqi citizens” threatened by the jihadists “on Mount Sinjar, Iraq.”

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