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Islamic State militants threaten US over air strikes in Iraq

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Islamic State militants threaten US over air strikes in Iraq


Islamic State militants (IS) have released a graphic video threatening the United States if it continues to hit their fighters with air strikes.

The group warned it would attack Americans “in any place”.

The United States has helped Kurdish forces with a series of air strikes on Islamic State fighters – the first since it pulled out of the country in 2011 – saying it was preventing genocide in a conflict that has displaced hundreds of thousands.

The militants have seized large parts of Iraq and threatened to march on Baghdad.

Speaking from the White House US President Barack Obama condemned the Islamic State group as having a hateful ideology.

“Let’s remember: ISIL poses a threat to all Iraqis and to the entire region. They claim to represent Sunni grievances, but they slaughter Sunni men, women and children. They claim to oppose foreign forces, but they actively recruit foreign fighters to advance their hateful ideology. So the Iraqi people need to reject them and unite to begin to push them out of the lands they’ve occupied, as we’re seeing at Mosul Dam.”

According to Obama, Iraqi and Kurdish fighters with the help of the US have recaptured Iraq’s biggest dam from ISIL or Islamic State militants although they deny this.

The jihadists’ seizure of the Mosul hydroelectric dam earlier this month marked a shocking setback for Baghdad’s Shi’ite-led authorities and raised fears the militants could cut electricity and water or even blow the structure, causing huge loss of life and damage down the Tigris valley.

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