Obama Green Lights U.S. Bombing of Iraq

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by Bruce Carroll

President Obama authorized a mission for U.S. fighter jets to launch “targeted” airstrikes on Friday against the army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The strikes took place in northern Iraq where ISIS had made significant gains this week.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday that two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it. The Pentagon said the military conducted the strike at 6:45 a.m. ET, against terrorists with the Islamic State (IS), 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.

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