U.S. launches first air strikes in Iraq

F/A-18 jets bomb artillery outside Irbil


NEW DELHI — The Pentagon says two U.S. fighter jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it.

President Barack Obama authorized such airstrikes Thursday when the Islamic state militant group advanced on Irbil, in northeaster Iraq, where U.S. military trainers are stationed.

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U.S. launches first air strikes in Iraq

  1. Silly. A couple of American fighter bombers dropping their bombs on an Islamic State mobile artillery piece is like pouring a glass of water on a dry California field in the hope of ending the state-wide drought — foolish.
    Either Nato, including Canada, and America use their massive aerial arsenals like they did to destroy the Gadaffi government in Libya, or do nothing at all and let the region sort out its own problems which, ultimately, it will have to do anyway.

    • The airstrikes clearly weren’t intended to destroy ISIS. They were intended to provide cover for other planes dropping food/water/supplies for the 40,000 being held hostage by Islamic terrorists. Or do you really believe that Obama’s dumb enough to think that 2 airstrikes would end the whole thing?

  2. If Obama/America go all “John Wayne” this time(yet again), then they have made the UN, and themselves hypocrites, and worse, because if they do this massive airstrikes/invasions into Iraq again,
    then they would just be giving Putin the “green light” tp partition the Ukraine the way HE wants it.

    ..careful what we wish for.