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US strikes spur Kurd fightback against Iraq jihadists

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Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga, buoyed by US air strikes, reclaimed two towns from jihadist fighters Sunday, while Western powers ramped up efforts to save displaced civilians stranded on a mountain. 

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position on the front line in Makhmur during clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants on August 9, 2014

The third straight day of strikes by American jets and drones brought the first sign that US President Barack Obama's decision to return to Iraq could turn the tide on two months of jihadist expansion.

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