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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies conducted 22 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq on Friday and Saturday, the U.S. Central Command said. U.S. warplanes also destroyed an Islamic State artillery piece near Kobani, Syria, officials said Saturday. The 22 strikes in Iraq included attacks in the frequently targeted areas near the vital Mosul dam, the city of Fallujah and the northern city of Bayji, home of an oil refinery. The Iraq strikes hit large and small Islamic State units, buildings, vehicles and fighting positions, Central Command said. ...
A state of emergency came into force Saturday across much of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after 30 soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing by suspected jihadists. It was the deadliest attack on the country's security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, to the fury of his supporters. The state of emergency in the north and centre of the Sinai will remain in place for three months, the president's office said. Egypt also announced it would close the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip, the only route into the Palestinian territory not controlled by Israel.
Diafra Sakho struck for a sixth successive Premier League game to secure West Ham's shock 2-1 victory over Manchester City as the champions missed out on the chance to increase the pressure on leaders Chelsea on Saturday. Senegal striker Sakho, signed during the close season for £4.5 million ($7.2 million) from Metz, headed West Ham's crucial second goal in the 75th minute after Morgan Amalfitano had given the home side a first-half lead at Upton Park. City were desperate to close the five-point gap on Chelsea, 24 hours before Jose Mourinho's side face Manchester United at Old Trafford.