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US drone attacks, destroys militant mortar position


08-13-2014 10:44 BJT

The United States has launched another air strike on the extremist group Islamic State. And fighting between the Kurdish army and the Islamist militants continues in northern Iraq. 

The U.S. military says a U.S. drone has attacked and destroyed a militant mortar position north of the town of Sinjar. The position has been threatening Kurdish forces defending refugees near the Syrian border. 

And, an Iraqi military helicopter providing aid to civilians fleeing the militants crashed near the Sinjar mountains in northern Iraq. The pilot was killed in the accident.

Meanwhile, a suicide bomb attack hit the neighborhood close to the home of the newly-named Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad. Police say a car bomb exploded in the Shiite neighborhood of Zafaraniya, killing four people and wounding 13 others. And another bomb detonated in the commercial district of Karrada, killing eight. 

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