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Smoke rises after airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside Irbil (AP)

Smoke rises after airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside Irbil (AP)

Displaced Iraqi Christian children play with football in Irbil, northern Iraq (AP)

Displaced Iraqi Christian children play with football in Irbil, northern Iraq (AP)

President Barack Obama has sent the US military back into action in Iraq (AP)

President Barack Obama has sent the US military back into action in Iraq (AP)

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Smoke rises after airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside Irbil (AP)

American jet fighters and drones have carried out four more airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq, taking out armoured carriers and a truck that were firing on civilians.

US Central Command says the strikes were spread out, with three before noon Eastern Daylight Time today and one about three hours later.

The military says indications suggest that the strikes were successful in destroying the armoured vehicles.

This is the third round of airstrikes against Islamic State forces by the US military since they were authorised by President Barack Obama.

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