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Iraqi fighters say 'no thanks' to U.S. air strikes

1:05am IST - 01:36

Iraqi Shi'ite fighters say they do not need outside help as they push to reclaim the area of Jarf Al Sakher from Islamic State militants. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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These Iraqi fighters, operating just south of Baghdad are determined to take back the town of Jarf Al Sakher. They've set their sites on the town because it sits along a major supply route for Islamic State militants. IS fighters, they say, refuse to go quietly. They've booby trapped many of the area's roads and homes. It's slowed the fight and forced the fighters to be more methodical. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) COMMANDER OF SECOND UNIT IN SARAYA SALAM BRIGADE, ABU AL ANMAR, SAYING:. "Our engineering units go in first and take care of the bombs and clear the area. Then, under a huge barrage of cover fire we advance, then the confrontation takes place. There was a confrontation in this grove where we confiscated some of their vehicles and weapons." While progress is slow the fighters who are members of a group loyal to to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, say they don't need help from the U.S., particularly in the form of air strikes. The U.S. has already launched strikes elsewhere in Iraq... President Barack Obama aims to forge a coalition of countries to destroy I.S., which has seized a third of Iraq as well as large parts of Syria. So despite the Shi'ite fighters' proclamation that they don't want outside help... ...Obama will once again make his case on Wednesday -- this time to the U.N. General Assembly -- for world action against Islamic State.

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Iraqi fighters say 'no thanks' to U.S. air strikes

1:05am IST - 01:36

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