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US-led aircraft pound IS group with 23 air strikes

Smoke rises from the the Syrian town of Kobane after a strike from the US-led coalition on October 14, 2014The US-led military coalition pounded the Islamic State group Friday and Saturday, with 22 air strikes in Iraq and one in Syria, the Pentagon said. Eleven of the bombings in the heavy barrage targeted IS units, buildings, positions and vehicles near the strategic Mosul Dam, US Central Command, which is overseeing the air war against the jihadists, said in a statement. The IS militants briefly held Mosul dam in August, but Kurdish forces and Iraqi army troops — backed up by US air strikes — succeeded in retaking the dam later that month. The large dam in northern Iraq is a crucial piece of infrastructure and IS has repeatedly tried to seize it back.

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