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U.S. Launches New Airstrikes Against Islamic State Militants in Iraq

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ISIS militants standing in a marijuana plantation. Photo: Screenshot.

Washington Post – Backed by U.S. airstrikes that began in Iraq late Saturday, Iraqi special forces, allied tribesmen and local police launched a ground offensive Sunday to drive Islamic State militants out of the Haditha area.

The extremists have been attempting to break into the city and take control of its hydroelectric dam since late June, with Iraqi security forces and tribesmen holding back the near-daily assaults, said Khalid Salman Rasif, head of Haditha’s local council.

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