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Land-based bombers used in new US airstrikes

WASHINGTON – The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign.

U.S. Central Command said a combination of bombers, fighter jets, attack planes and unmanned drones hit targets near Iraq’s largest dam in Mosul. That’s a wider array than in previous rounds of airstrikes.

Kurdish security officials said Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the dam – aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes. It was less than two weeks ago that militants had captured the dam.

The U.S. military said U.S. forces conducted 14 airstrikes today after nine strikes on Saturday.

The U.S. said today’s strikes damaged or destroyed 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one checkpoint.

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