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US, Iraqis beat back militants

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a “major step forward” as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.

Iraq massacre reported as US strikes target militants at Mosul dam

BAGHDAD — In a significant expansion of the air campaign in Iraq, U.S. warplanes and armed drones launched airstrikes near Mosul Dam on Saturday in the first joint operation with Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces attempting to retake the strategic northern facility from Islamist militants, U.S. officials said.

US credits strikes with allowing Iraqis to escape

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — Crediting U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid, the Obama administration said Wednesday many trapped Iraqis have fled a mountain where they had sought refuge from militants, making it less likely the military would have to carry out a potentially dangerous rescue mission.

Gaza’s wounded: Living reminder of ravages of war

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — When an Israeli airstrike hit the Gaza home for the handicapped where she was staying, Sally Saqr was left shattered. Her pelvis, both legs and an arm were broken, her skull fractured, much of her body burned. In the hospital, doctors couldn’t put her limbs in casts because multiple other wounds had to heal first.