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WASHINGTON: The United States has stepped up assistance to Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, President Barack Obama said on Saturday. 

As well, he said, France and Britain have agreed to support US humanitarian efforts to help tens of thousands of civilians besieged by militants on a mountain in Iraq.

Mr Obama provided the update as US aircraft launched new airstrikes against Islamic State militants, killing at least 20 insurgents and wounding 55 others.

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