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Fresh US air strikes in northern Iraq amid militants' threats to kill second journalist

Published on Aug 21, 2014 12:07 AM
The US airstrikes come amid Islamic State militants' threats to kill US journalist Steven Sotloff, seen here in a still from a video released online on Tuesday which also showed the beheading by militants of US journalist James Foley in retaliation for US airstrikes on Iraq. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US aircraft pounded Islamic State militants in 14 air strikes near Iraq’s largest dam in the past 24 hours, officials said Wednesday, amid IS threats to kill a second American journalist.

Since Tuesday, US drones and fighter jets destroyed or damaged six IS Humvees, three sites for improvised explosive devices, one mortar tube and two armed trucks, US Central Command said.

The latest air raids brought to 84 the number conducted since August 8.

Of those, 51 were in support of Iraqi forces near Mosul dam, now under the control of Iraqi and Kurdish security forces.

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