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US launches first airstrikes in Iraq

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Friday, August 08 2014 Aug 8, 2014 August 08, 2014 8:02 AM August 08, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Lolita C. Baldor

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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