US fighters hit Islamic State checkpoints

Washington - US fighter jets have carried out airstrikes on four checkpoints manned by Sunni militants in northwest Iraq near where thousands of minority Yazidi refugees have been trapped on a mountain to escape violence.

The US military said in a statement on Monday that the strikes outside the city of Sinjar either destroyed or damaged the checkpoints and nearby vehicles that were used by the Islamic State militant group.

At least one of the vehicles destroyed was a Humvee truck, and another was an armed personnel carrier.

The militants have been using US military equipment that they seized from Iraqi Army forces.

All the airstrikes were carried out over a three-hour period on Monday.

It was unknown if the strikes killed any militants. The fighter jets were unharmed in the mission.

- AP
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forest gump 2014-08-12 12:02:34 PM
Crazy times when I find myself cheering for the US.
David Van Schalkwyk 2014-08-12 12:12:21 PM
4 down hundreds more to go... Send in the big gun USA... I am sure you still have a few air craft carriers in the area...
James Uknow 2014-08-12 12:29:09 PM
need to wipe this sick army of the devil out ,give the kurds the weapons
Mark Harold Jones 2014-08-12 01:12:12 PM
How ironic. With the US fighting IS they indirectly become allies of Syria whose most powerful ally is Russia. So in this one Russia and the US are allies. Guys we can debate the USA vs Russia, and de dollarisation and the demons of US hegemony etc all we like, we are all wrong. The powers that be, that sponsored the Russian revolution in 1917 and then the collapse of the Soviet Union when it had served its purpose also engineered, the dominance of the dollar and the USA and are now preparing us all for its collapse, because they no longer have a use for it. They have no allegiance to any one nation, or economic system and are way beyond financial or religious motivation. They are all about raw, evil power. I have seen, on this forum, people call others who make any pro US statements "sheeple" and ignorant. They themselves are just victims of propaganda who think they posses superior insight from information gleaned off the web, but have just been fed the vanguard of the latest trend,namely the downfall of the USA and the dollar. This system has now served their purpose and must go and we are naive to think that mass awakening in the information age or the resistance of BRICS etc has anything whatsoever to do with it. They set it up they will make it fall. Believe it or not, we are all sheep, no matter what existing system or regime you support.
Anthony De Lucchi 2014-08-12 03:49:21 PM
speechless....really it is 2014, this is like way back when Ghengis Khan was shagging sheep from horseback, for all our technology and enlightenment what on earth has gone wrong?
Doug Zembiec 2014-08-13 09:48:38 AM
At least News24 is able to say 'Sunni militants' as being the culprits behind this potential genocide. In case people don't know who Sunni militants are , they are the 10 000+ Cape Town Sunni muslims who were protesting against Israel defending itself against terrorist attacks by the terrorist organisation Hamas.