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The United States and its allies carried out 21 airstrikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, the Command Joint Task Force said in a statement on Sunday.

Iraq also conducted its first air operation against Islamic State using F-16 fighter aircraft, the Pentagon said in a separate statement. Iraq took delivery of four of the fighter jets from the United States in July after much delay, as Iraqi authorities announced the start of a military operation to drive Islamic State forces from Anbar province, west of Baghdad.

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