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U.S. airstrikes hit militants' vehicles near Sinjar

Aug. 15, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter takes position on the front line in Khazer, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km west of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Thursday. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON — U.S. military officials say airstrikes from drones have destroyed two armed vehicles south of the Iraqi town of Sinjar, the latest American-led military actions against forces of the Islamic State group.

In a statement Friday, U.S. Central Command said Kurdish forces had reported that Islamic State militants were attacking civilians in the village of Kawju.

Officials say remotely piloted aircraft identified and then followed an armed vehicle to a roadside area near Sanjar and later struck and destroyed two vehicles in the area.

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