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US Airforce Strikes Islamic State Forces in Northern Iraq Again

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US military jets have fired at Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq again, US Central Command said in a statement Saturday.

MOSCOW, August 24 (RIA Novosti) - US military jets have fired at Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq again, US Central Command said in a statement Saturday.

"US military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter aircraft to conduct an airstrike in the vicinity of Mosul Dam. The strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and all aircraft exited the strike area safely," the Central Command said referring to IS, previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

"This strike was conducted 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," said in the statement.

Since August 8, US Central Command has conducted a total of 94 airstrikes across Iraq, 61 of which have been in support of Iraqi forces near the Mosul Dam, according to the statement.

IS is a radical Sunni group that has been fighting in Syria before launching an offensive in Iraq in June. Later that month, the militants announced the establishment of an Islamic caliphate on the territories that had fallen under its control.

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