US Airstrikes Have Begun Against ISIS Militants in Iraq
Earlier reports that US aircraft had fired against Islamic militant artillery in Iraq are being confirmed.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby took to Twitter to announce that U.S. military aircraft conducted a strike on a militant position near U.S. personnel in Erbil. The airstrike was designed to take out artillery that was being used against Kurdish forces.
US military aircraft conduct strike on ISIL artillery. Artillery was used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil, near US personnel.
— Rear Adm. John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 8, 2014
The targeted airstrike was executed at approximately 6:45am EDT against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) territories in Iraq.
Two five hundred pound laser-guided bombs were dropped by two F/A-18 aircraft on mobile artillery near Erbil, where U.S. forces are located. In a posting on the Department of Defense’s Facebook page the Pentagon says that the artillery was used to shell Kurdish forced defending Erbil.
The U.S. Central Commander made the decision to strike.
The posting, made shortly after 9:20am EDT, includes the following statement: “As the president made clear, the United States military will continue to take direct action against ISIL when they threaten our personnel and facilities.”