US Jets Strike ISIS Armored Vehicles in Iraq

Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 05:44 PM

 

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U.S. jets and drones launched more airstrikes in northern Iraq on Thursday to destroy vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the Islamic militant group ISIS, the military said.

The latest operations came after President Barack Obama said the air campaign had achieved its initial objectives but warned of more strikes to protect U.S. personnel in the Kurdish city of Erbil.

U.S. Central Command said drones and fighter jets took part in the latest strikes, the first at 1505 GMT to take out two armed trucks that had been firing on Kurdish forces.

The second strike took place just over 30 minutes later, targeting an MRAP — a heavy armored truck of the type supplied by Washington to Iraqi forces and presumably captured by ISIS forces in recent months.

"All aircraft exited the strike area safely," Central Command said.

Since July, Sunni jihadist fighters have seized a swathe of northern Iraq, including the city of Mosul, routing Shiite-led Iraqi forces and driving out waves of refugees from the minority Christian and Yazidi communities.

Now, the ISIS advance threatens Erbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region and host to a U.S. consulate and other facilities. Obama, while ruling out sending U.S. combat troops, has vowed to protect it.

 

© AFP 2014

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