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Iraqi forces ready for US-backed counter-offensive

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US President Barack Obama vowed Saturday to help rescue thousands of civilians besieged by jihadists on an Iraqi mountain, as an MP warned they would not survive much longer. 

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position on a tank on the front line in Khazer, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40km West of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on August 8, 2014

Obama's decision to send warplanes back to Iraq, three years after withdrawing the last US troops, marked a potential turning point in the two-month-old conflict.

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