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US airstrikes target IS near Baghdad

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US military forces have conducted airstrikes against an Islamic State target near Baghdad for the first time as part of an expanded effort to combat the militants, the US Central Command said.

Attack aircraft were used in a strike Monday in support of Iraqi government troops south-west of Baghdad. The airstrike was described as the first in “expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit (Islamic State) targets as Iraqi forces go on offense, as outlined in the president’s speech” last week, the military said.

The statement said the strike had destroyed an Islamic State fighting position that was firing on Iraqi soldiers outside Baghdad. The US has conducted 162 airstrikes across Iraq since early August, the Central Command said. SAPA

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  1. get your filthy clutches off and dont meddle, even when youre trying to rectify your errors of establishing financing training supporting etc the villainous brutes like taliban al qaeda fsa alnusra isil isis etc, the victims remain the innocent and you destroy infrastructure 20 years into the future

    unfortunately many muslims even so-called moderate ones like the uucsa mjc voc et al fall into the traps of sectarianism

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