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Air strikes in Iraq effective: US

Published on Aug 11, 2014 4:33 PM
 

SYDNEY (AFP) - Air strikes aimed at halting the advance of Islamic State militants in Iraq have been effective and the US is open to further requests for help, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Monday.

The United States has conducted three days of attacks by jets and drones on the Sunni jihadists in northern Iraq whose onslaught has displaced 200,000 people since Aug 3, including all the residents of Iraq's largest Christian town, Qaraqosh.

Mr Hagel said Washington was constantly assessing the situation after President Barack Obama authorised the action to help break the siege of Mount Sinjar, where thousands of civilian refugees from the Yezidi religious minority had been trapped.

"They have been very effective from all the reports we have received on the ground," he said of the air strikes when asked in Sydney, where he is attending annual Australia-US defence talks.

Air strikes aimed at halting the advance of Islamic State militants in Iraq have been effective and the US is open to further requests for help, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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