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US strikes targets in northern Iraq near Arbil, Mosul dam

A Peshmerga fighter looks at at smoke rising in the horizon on the front line of fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants 20 kilometres east of Mosul, on August 18, 2014The United States on Sunday used aircraft and drones to strike targets in northern Iraq to try to rein in Islamic State militants, who have seized a large swath of territory in the region. “US military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using attack and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct two airstrikes in the vicinity of Arbil and Mosul dam,” a statement from Florida-based Centcom said, using one of the acronyms by which the Islamic State (IS) is known. “One strike destroyed an ISIL humvee near the Mosul Dam and the other strike destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle near Arbil. US forces acted “under authority to support Iraqi security force and Kurdish defense force operations, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, US personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts,” it added.

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