New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign.

U.S. Central Command says a combination of bombers, fighter jets, attack planes and unmanned drones hit targets near Iraq's largest dam in Mosul. That's a wider array than in previous rounds of airstrikes.

Kurdish security officials say Kurdish forcers have taken over parts of the dam - aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes.

It was less than two weeks ago that militants had captured the dam.

The U.S. military says U.S. forces conducted 14 airstrikes on Sunday - after nine strikes on Saturday.

The U.S. says Sunday's strikes damaged or destroyed 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one checkpoint.

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