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US launches air strikes on IS rebels near Mosul dam: Pentagon

Published on Aug 31, 2014 5:01 AM
 
US President Barack Obama (left) and First Lady Michelle Obama (second from right) with daughters Malia (centre right) and Sasha make their way to board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on August 30, 2014. Obama is returning to Westchester County, New York to attend the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass. The Pentagon said on Saturday that the US military had launched fresh attacks on Islamic State forces in Iraq, using fighter aircraft and drones to carry out strikes near the Mosul dam. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US military launched fresh attacks on Islamic State forces in Iraq, using fighter aircraft and drones to carry out strikes near the Mosul dam, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

“The strikes destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, ISIL weapons, and significantly damaged an ISIL building,” a US Defence Department statement said, referring to the IS forces also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.”

The statement put out by US Central Command, based in Tampa, Florida, said the strikes were conducted to support Kurdish and Iraqi troops, “as well as to protect critical infrastructure, US personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.”

 
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