NEW INFORMATION: US carries out more airstrikes as it considers new relief mission in Iraq

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the Obama administration considers a humanitarian relief operation in northern Iraq, the U.S. Central Command has announced three more airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group.

Officials say the strikes by U.S. fighter, attack and drone aircraft destroyed an Islamic State Humvee, a supply truck and three armored vehicles, and damaged a building used by the militant group. The strikes took place in the area of Ibril and the Mosul Dam.

That brings to more than 100 the number of U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq since August 8.

According to U.S. defense officials, the administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants.

In a town about 100 miles north of Baghdad -- and just a few miles from Kurdish territory -- an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 people have no access to food or water.

The head of the U.N.'s assistance mission in Iraq earlier this week described the situation there as desperate.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. defense officials say the Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants.

The imperiled town of Amirli is about 105 miles north of Baghdad and just a few miles from Kurdish territory. About 12,000 to 15,000 people are estimated to have no access to food or water.

The United Nation's top representative in Iraq earlier this week called for relief there.

Three U.S. defense officials said a humanitarian mission is under consideration. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they could not discuss internal administration deliberations by name. It could be similar to the humanitarian airdrops of food and water to Iraq's Sinjar area earlier this month, which included airstrikes.


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