U.S., allies launch air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq

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The United States Defense Department releases video that purports to show recent coalition air strikes on Islamic State targets near Sultan Abdallah, Iraq. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

U.S., allies launch air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq

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STORY: The United States Department of Defense released footage on Wednesday (August 24) that it said showed coalition air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, the Combined Joint Task Force said.

The video shows strikes on fighting positions concentrated near Sultan Abdallah on August 9, as the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdish self-rule region were gradually taking up positions around Mosul, 400 km (250 miles) north of the capital Baghdad.

The Islamic State militants, who seized a third of the OPEC producer’s territory in 2014, have lost many areas to an array of Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes but still control the northern city of Mosul, their de facto capital in Iraq.

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