U.S. launches new phase of mission to 'destroy' ISIS with offensive airstrike to protect Iraqi forces near Baghdad

September 16, 2014 5:51 AM

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The United States took the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants on Monday, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces south of Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters.

According to officials, U.S. attack aircraft hit an ISIS fighting position southwest of the capital after Iraqi security forces requested assistance when they came under fire from the militants.

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