WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- U.S. military forces continued to attack the Islamic State (IS) forces in north Iraq, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Sunday, according to a statement released by the U.S. Army's Central Command.
The two airstrikes include one near the Mosul Dam and the other near the town of Amirli, home to thousands of Shia Turkomen minority people who have been cut off from receiving food, water, and medical supplies for two months by IS forces.
The strike near Amirli damaged an ISIL tank and the strike near Mosul Dam destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle. All aircraft exited the strike area safely, the statement said.
The strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives, it said.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 120 airstrikes across Iraq.
Security forces break siege of town in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi security forces on Sunday made a break through to the town of Amerli after more than two months of being sieged by the Islamic State militant group, security sources said.
"The security forces managed to break the siege of Amerli as well as several nearby villages," the military spokesman Lieutenant General Qasim Atta told reporters without elaboration. Full story
Germany decides to deliver arms to Iraq
BERLIN, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Germany decided on Sunday to provide anti-tank missiles and machine guns to the Kurds in northern Iraq to support the fight against the Islamic State (IS), German media reported.
The decision was made after a meeting attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Full story