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U.S. Launches 4 Airstrikes On Iraqi Militants

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says American jet fighters and drones have conducted four more airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq, taking out armored carriers and a truck that were firing on civilians.

U.S. Central Command says the Islamic State militants were firing on Yazidi civilians taking shelter in the Sinjar mountains. In a statement, the military says the militants were firing on civilians indiscriminately.

Central Command says the strikes near Sinjar were spread out, with three before noon Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday and one about 3 p.m.

The military says indications suggest that the strikes were successful in destroying the armored vehicles.

This is the third round of airstrikes against Islamic State forces by the U.S. military since they were authorized by President Barack Obama.

Iraqi ministry of defense video shows an aerial view of airstrikes purportedly targeting suspected Islamic State targets in Iraq. In addition to U.S. airstrikes on militant targets, the Iraqi military has been conducting its own.

The video was posted by the Associated Press.

— Andrew Hart

U.S. intelligence agencies say that fighters from Al Qaeda affiliated groups, especially in Yemen and North Africa, are joining the Islamic State group, which is seizing territory in Iraq and Syria, the Washington Post reports. The group’s recent military successes are likely to attract even more recruits, officials told the newspaper.

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