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Germany's Angela Merkel supports US strikes against jihadists in Iraq

Published on Aug 14, 2014 1:51 AM
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking during a general debate in the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin, on June 25, 2014. On Wednesday, she told the Thuringia newspaper group that US air strikes against Islamist militants in Iraq were "very important". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday hailed US air strikes against Islamist militants in Iraq, as her government prepared to send non-lethal military aid to the conflict-torn country.

The United States has targeted positions of the Islamic State jihadist group in the area of Mount Sinjar, where tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi minority have been besieged.

Dr Merkel told the Thuringia newspaper group there was "no doubt that the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) is committing unspeakable crimes and atrocities and that hundreds of thousands of people are in great distress and on the run."

"I consider very important the military strikes against the IS decided by President (Barack) Obama in order to push back the terrorists," she added.

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