US officials: New round of airstrikes near Irbil

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by Associated Press

WVEC.com

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 8 at 6:27 PM

NEW DELHI (AP) - American officials say the U.S. launched a second round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets near Irbil on Friday, using drones and fighter jets.

The officials say unmanned aircraft struck a mortar near Irbil and four Navy  F/A-18 fighter jets struck a seven-vehicle convoy outside Irbil. The jets flew off the Norfolk-based USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier.

F/A-18 jets off USS George H.W. Bush strike in Iraq

"Shortly after 10 a.m. EDT, remotely piloted aircraft struck a terrorist mortar position. When ISIL fighters returned to the site moments later, the terrorists were attacked again and successfully eliminated," according to Pentagon Press Secretary rear Admiral John Kirby.

"At approximately 11:20 a.m. EDT, four F/A-18 aircraft successfully struck a stationary ISIL convoy of seven vehicles and a mortar position near Erbil. The aircraft executed two planned passes. On both runs, each aircraft dropped one laser guided bomb making a total of eight bombs dropped on target neutralizing the mortar and convoy," added Kirby.

The Friday afternoon strikes followed a morning strike on an Islamic State artillery gun that was firing on Kurdish troops near U.S. personnel. President Barack Obama said late Thursday that the U.S. would launch airstrikes on the militant group that was threatening American military trainers in the northeastern Iraq city.

The officials say the convoy was destroyed.

Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby

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