U.S. attacks ISIS in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States carried out an airstrike against ISIS militants in Iraq today, targeting artillery, the Pentagon’s press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
Kirby said two F/A 18 fighter jets dropped 500 pound laser guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish province. He said the artillery was being “used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil, near US personnel.”
The strike comes one day after President Obama authorized airstrikes in Iraq if necessary.
“We intend to stay vigilant, and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq,” Obama said.