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U.S. warplanes strike Islamic State artillery to protect Kurds

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BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON - U.S. warplanes struck Iraq on Friday for the first time since American troops pulled out in 2011, attacking Islamist fighters advancing towards the Kurdish region after President Barack Obamasaid Washington must act to prevent "genocide."
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The fighters had advanced to within a half hour's drive of Arbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdish region and a hub for U.S. oil companies.

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