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Air strikes continue against IS in Iraq and Syria

The United States and allies have targeted Islamic State with 22 air strikes in Iraq and nine in Syria. Credit: Google Maps

The United States and allies have targeted Islamic State militants with 22 air strikes in Iraq on Friday and nine in Syria, the Command Joint Task Force said.

Seven of the strikes were near the Iraqi city of Fallujah and hit bridges, a bomb-making facilities and other strategic targets.

Others hit targets near the cities of Al Huwayjah, Bayji, Habbaniyah, Makmur, Mosul, Ramadi, Sinjar and Tel Afar and hit tactical units, weapons and other assets.

In Syria, IS fighting positions, tactical units and equipment were targeted by air strikes near Al Hasakah, Ar Raqqah, Dayr Az and Kobani, a statement from The Command Joint Task Force said.

12 dead in suicide bomb attack on crowded pool in Iraq

At least 12 people have been killed in an attack by two suicide bombers on a crowded swimming pool in northern Iraq.

Tuz Khurmatu in northern Iraq Credit: Google Maps

The attacks in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, about 110 miles north of the capital Baghdad, left 45 others wounded.

Most of the victims were Shi'ites from the country's ethnic Turkmen minority.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic State militants have recently launched a string of bombings in Baghdad and other provinces, including a huge attack earlier this month in Diyala province that killed more than 100 people.

Baghdad car bomb 'kills at least 20' in marketplace

The blast rocked a crowded marketplace in a mainly Shi'ite district. Credit: ITV News

At least 20 people are feared to have been killed after a car bomb exploded in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

The blast rocked a crowded marketplace in a mainly Shi'ite district in southwestern Baghdad.

Police and medical sources told Reuters another 48 people were wounded by the blast in the Shurta neighbourhood.


Iraq car bomb death toll rises to 100

Police and medical sources have said the death toll in a suicide car bombing claimed by Islamic State militants in Iraq rose to more than 100.

Iraq car bomb death toll at end rises to 100 Credit: Google Maps

Medics and police said that the force of the blast brought down several buildings in Khan Bani Saad, about 30 km (20 miles) northeast of Baghdad, crushing to death people who were celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

IS 'amir of suicide bombers' killed in coalition air strike

A senior leader of the so-called Islamic State group responsible for coordinating suicide bomb attacks has been killed in a coalition air strike, the US has said.

According to the country's Department of Defence, Tariq bin Tahar al-'Awni al-Harzi was killed in Shaddadi, Syria, on June 16.

Tariq bin Tahar al-'Awni al-Harzi Credit: US State Department

As of the end of 2013, al-Harzi had become known as Islamic State's "amir of suicide bombers", and a $3 million (£1.9m) reward was offered for information which brought him to justice.

Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis revealed 33-year-old al-Harzi had been a key player in moving people and equipment into Syria and Iraq - including suicide bombs and car-borne explosives.

[al-Harzi's] death will impact ISIL's ability to integrate foreign terrorist fighters into the Syrian and Iraqi fight as well as to move people and equipment across the border between Syria and Iraq.

– Captain Jeff Davis, US Department of Defence

His brother, Ali Awni al-Harzi, was also killed in Mosul, Iraq, the day before. He was believed to have been involved in an attack of a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

Read: US air strike 'kills militant linked to 2012 Benghazi attack'

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