US Planes Start Airstrikes on Iraq Militants

U.S. F/A-18 jet fighters dropped 500 pound laser-guided bombs
US Planes Start Airstrikes on Iraq Militants

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by Dion Nissenbaum & Julian E. Barnes | The Wall Street Journal | August 8, 2014


U.S. jet fighters hit artillery being used by the militant group called the Islamic State in northern Iraq on Friday, the first of what is expected to be a series of American strikes meant to halt the Sunni extremist advance on the Kurdish capital of Erbil, the Pentagon said.

The U.S. F/A-18 jet fighters dropped 500 pound laser-guided bombs on mobile-artillery positions outside Erbil, said Pentagon press secretary, Rear. Adm. John Kirby.

Defense officials said one artillery piece, towed by a truck, was destroyed in the strike. But officials wouldn’t predict Friday if the limited first strike presaged a broader, lengthier campaign.

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