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US: No plans to expand Iraq strikes

An image taken from a video released by the United States Central Command (Centcom) on August 8, 2014 shows a US military F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet strike on what the US army says is an Islamic State (IS) targetThe United States has no plans to expand its air campaign in Iraq beyond protecting American personnel in the city of Arbil and besieged Yazidi refugees, the Pentagon said Monday. “There are no plans to expand the current air campaign beyond the current self defense activities,” Lieutenant General William Mayville told reporters at the Pentagon. On Monday, the Pentagon said US fighter jets had carried out four strikes on IS checkpoints and vehicles around Mount Sinjar in “defense of internally displaced Yazidi civilians in the area.” The sight of US jets and drones in action over Iraq again, less than three years after American forces withdrew from the country, has raised fears that Washington is once again being dragged into war.

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