US carries out more airstrikes in Iraq

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Associated Press

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 1 at 12:01 AM

UNDATED (AP) — The U.S. military says it has carried out two more airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq.

Central Command says an airstrike near Mosul Dam on Sunday destroyed an armed vehicle.

Another strike near Amirli (A'-mur-lee) damaged a militant tank.

The latest airstrikes, carried out by fighter aircraft and unmanned drones, bring to 120 the total number of airstrikes across Iraq since Aug. 8.

The U.S. started launching airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group to prevent the insurgents from advancing on the Kurdish regional capital Irbil and to help protect members of the Yazidi religious minority stranded on Mount Sinjar, where U.S. planes also dropped humanitarian aid.

The U.S. also launched airstrikes near Mosul Dam, allowing Iraqi and Kurdish forces to retake the facility, which had been captured by Islamic State fighters.

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