A Kurdish peshmerga fighter prepares his weapon at his combat position near the Mosul Dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul, Iraq August 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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Kurdish peshmerga fighters backed by U.S. warplanes pressed a counter-offensive against jihadists Monday after retaking Iraq's largest dam alongside federal forces, as the United States and Britain stepped up their military involvement.U.S. aircraft are carrying out strikes in support of the forces battling ISIS militants, who have declared a "caliphate" straddling vast areas of Iraq and Syria.Sunday's strikes destroyed 10 ISIS armed vehicles, seven ISIS Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one ISIS checkpoint.That military action followed nine U.S. strikes near Arbil and Mosul dam Saturday.In Raqqa province, the Syrian air force carried out at least 14 raids against jihadist positions Monday, a day after launching 16 strikes which killed at least 31 jihadists and eight civilians.
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