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The US military launched airstrikes against Islamic State convoys and mortar positions near Irbil. President Obama authorized airstrikes against the Islamic State if the group threatened the Kurdish capital or impeded humanitarian operations in the Sinjar Mountains. The Iraqi military claimed it killed 13 Islamic State fighters near Baqubah.
The Islamic State took control of several towns outside of Mosul, including Qaraqosh, Tal Kayf, Bartella, and Karamlesh after Kurdish forces retreated. The US is considering launching airstrikes against the Islamic State or dropping supplies to refugees fleeing the fighting. Kurdish officials claimed the US launched airstrikes, but the Department of Defense denied the reports. The Iraqi military claimed it killed 60 Islamic State fighters in northern Amirli. Five Iraqis were killed in a car bombing in Baghdad.