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US launch airstrikes on Islamic State militants positions in northern Iraq

August 31, 2014, 9:24 UTC+3 LONDON
The Pentagon says the U.S. Air Force action is limited
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LONDON, August 31, /ITAR-TASS/. The US Air Force carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and dropped humanitarian supplies to civilians in the area, Reuters reported on Sunday with reference to a Pentagon official.

The Pentagon says the U.S. Air Force action is limited. President Barack Obama authorised the operation to prevent an Islamic State attack on residents of Amerli. The aid was delivered by U.S. aircraft, along with planes from Britain, France and Australia, Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said in a statement.

Amerli has been surrounded by Islamic State forces for more than two months. Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants’ siege of the town.

Armed residents of Amerli have managed to fend off attacks by Islamic State fighters, who regard its majority Shi'ite Turkman population as apostates. More than 15,000 people remain trapped inside.

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