Iraqi commanders expect widening U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State positions

By Loveday Morris, September 16, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials said Tuesday that they expect more U.S. airstrikes near Baghdad in the coming days as the United States steps up its campaign against Islamic State militants.

The United States carried out two airstrikes Sunday and Monday in support of Iraqi forces, the U.S. Central Command said. One, southwest of Baghdad, signaled a widening area for the U.S. attacks, which have concentrated on Islamic State strongholds in northern Iraq.

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