As it happened: US launches air strikes against militants in Iraq

Key points

  • US drones and aircraft have attacked Islamic State (IS) artillery, mortar positions and vehicle convoys, in defence of the city of Irbil
  • President Barack Obama authorised air strikes on Thursday, but says he will not send US troops back to Iraq
  • IS has seized Iraq's largest dam near its stronghold of Mosul. The group captured Iraq's biggest Christian town of Qaraqosh earlier this week
  • The UN says 50,000 refugees from the Yazidi community are trapped on Mount Sinjar
  • IS already controls swathes of northern Iraq and has advanced south towards Baghdad
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Reporting:

  • Helen Dafedjaiye 
  • Tom Geoghegan 
  • Sarah Fowler 
  • Nina Lamparski 
  • Dominic Howell 

Last updated 8 August 2014

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