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Third wave of US strikes in Iraq on militant armor

The U.S. military’s Central Command said in a statement on Saturday evening: "At approximately 11:20 a.m. EDT (14.20 GMT), a mix of U.S. fighters and remotely piloted aircraft struck one of two ISIL [Islamic State] armored personnel carriers firing on Yazidi [Ezidi] civilians near Sinjar, destroying the APC.” U.S. forces monitored the movement of other armored vehicles and an armed truck which were firing on Ezidi civilians around Sinjar. In a further two attacks, the aircraft fired on two APCs and the truck. A further APC was attacked more than three hours later, the statement added. The third air drop of food and water saw a C-17 Globemaster and two C-130 Hercules cargo planes drop 72 bundles of supplies. British officials have estimated that between 50,000 and 150,000 civilians are taking refuge around Mount Sinjar, close to Mosul. On Saturday, President Barack Obama warned it was "going to take some time" to help stabilize Iraq in the face of the IS insurgency.

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