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Official: Airstrikes hit ISIS position near Baghdad

On Monday, U.S. attack aircraft hit and destroyed an ISIS fighting position southwest of Baghdad, Pentagon officials said.

A U.S. defense official told NBC News that the airstrike near Baghdad was offensive — the first strikes of the new effort to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS — and not in response to ISIS advancing toward the capital. An additional airstrike took place near Mount Sinjar in northwestern Iraq, and U.S. Central Command said that six ISIS vehicles near Sinjar were obliterated.