A member of the Iraqi security forces stands guard at the site of a car bomb attack as civilians watch the damaged area in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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An airstrike in the Iraqi town of Hawijah completely levelled one of ISIS's largest car bomb factories, causing heavy casualties and extensive destruction, officials said.Iraqi officials said the strike was carried out by a U.S.-led coalition, which has defended its 10-month air campaign against ISIS despite a number of recent advances by the jihadis in Iraq and Syria.The coalition issued a statement listing its airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over a period of 24 hours straddling Tuesday and Wednesday.Hawijah, located 225 kilometers (140 miles) north of Baghdad, is an ISIS stronghold that lies at the crossroads of several fronts in Iraq.Iraqi government and allied forces have been involved in a vast operation aimed at cutting off supply lines between the provinces of ISIS's self-proclaimed caliphate. ISIS has repeatedly sought to control Iraq's dams, in some cases reducing the water flow to areas under government control or flooding land to impede military operations.
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