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France launches airstrikes in northern Iraq as US targets south

IRBIL, Iraq -- French jets struck an ammunition dump controlled by the Islamic State in northeastern Iraq on Friday, the first airstrike by an American ally since the announcement that a coalition of countries would move to confront the Sunni Muslim militants. French President Francois Hollande's office announced the strike, saying that Rafale fighter jets had bombed "logistics depots of the terrorists" and that the move marked only the beginning of French military involvement in helping the United States, the government of Iraq and an assortment of regional allies, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, in beating back the Islamic State. "Other operations will follow in the coming days," the...

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