US conducts two more strikes targeting jihadists in Iraq

AFP , Saturday 6 Sep 2014

The United States carried out two more airstrikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the military's Central Command said Saturday.

The raids were carried out Friday and Saturday and involved a "mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft," it said in a statement.

The strikes destroyed four Humvees, one armored personnel carrier and two trucks belonging to IS fighters, according to Centcom. A Humvee and truck used by the militants were also damaged.

The strikes bring to 133 the total carried out across Iraq since August 8.

"The strikes were conducted under authority to protect US personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives," Centcom said.

At a NATO summit Friday, US President Barack Obama outlined a plan for a broad coalition to defeat the IS jihadist group, which led an offensive that over-ran chunks of five Iraqi provinces in June and also holds significant territory in neighboring Syria.

International concern has been building for some time over IS -- which has carried out numerous atrocities including killings, kidnappings and attacks on minorities in areas it controls in Iraq and Syria.

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