The US Central Command said it launched five air strikes using both fighter planes and unmanned drones against Islamic State (IS) fighters near Iraq’s Mosul Dam. The statement said the air strikes were in support of operations conducted by Iraqi security forces and that an armed vehicle and a fighting position were destroyed. The US has grown increasingly concerned about the spread of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but has also hesitated about becoming too involved after ending more than a decade of having a military presence in Iraq. Islamic State is also holding several foreigners under the threat of death unless the US halts its military actions against IS fighters.
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