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US warplanes and drones carried out 15 air strikes on Monday against Islamic State (IS) militants battling for control of a major dam in northern Iraq, the military said.

Fighter jets, bombers and unmanned planes destroyed nine IS positions and eight vehicles around the Mosul dam, where insurgents are fighting Kurdish forces, US Central Command said.

Kurdish peshmerga fighters backed by federal forces and US warplanes are pressing a counter-offensive against jihadists after retaking Iraq’s largest dam, as the United States and Britain step up their military involvement.

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