U.S. comes to the rescue with targeted bombing of Iraqi terrorists
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/8/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
U.S. fighter jets have launched a "targeted" airstrike against Islamic militants in Iraq. President Barack Obama had authorized military action to protect U.S. personnel and Iraqi civilians. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby has confirmed that two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it.
Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby has confirmed that two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Pentagon said the military conducted the strike against terrorists with the Islamic State, the group formerly known as ISIS.
"As the president made clear, the United States military will continue to take direct action against [IS] when they threaten our personnel and facilities," Kirby said.
Taking place near the city of Irbil, IS was using the artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending the city where U.S. personnel are located, the Pentagon said.
Obama announced late last night that he has authorized limited military force to defend American personnel in the region and to protect civilians stuck on a mountain outside the city of Sinjar.
The strikes mark the deepest U.S. engagement in the country since the troop withdrawal in late 2011.
The military also conducted a mission to airdrop humanitarian aid to thousands of Iraqi civilians on the mountain.
Obama warned that the civilians face a potential genocide at the hands of IS militants. Combat troops will not be returning to Iraq, the president said, but said America has an obligation to help.
"When we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre, then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye," Obama said. "We can act, carefully and responsibly, to prevent a potential act of genocide."
The airstrikes Friday originated from the USS George HW Bush in the Persian Gulf, Pentagon officials said.
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