US jets strike IS armored vehicles in Iraq

Washington - US jets and drones launched more air strikes in northern Iraq on Thursday to destroy vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the so-called Islamic State, 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 US personnel in the Kurdish city of Arbil.

US 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 armoured truck of the type supplied by Washington to Iraqi forces and presumably captured by IS forces in recent months.

"All aircraft exited the strike area safely," Centcom said.

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

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

Read more on: is barack obama iraq us
Bradly Minnaar 2014-08-15 06:19:20 AM
Good always triumphs over evil at the end.
Enig Ma 2014-08-15 06:28:19 AM
Let 'em rip. Time for rock and roll.
Makhulu Zulu 2014-08-15 06:36:25 AM
I don't know where or who this IS is. What I know is that they were armed by USA to fight the Syrian government. Now they have turned against USA and are destroying whatever little USA did in Iraq. Muslims do not support IS.
John Stoltz 2014-08-15 06:53:05 AM
If the Muslim community is sincere in not being part of the extremists/terrorists groups, then why not openly denounce their actions! They can start by Hamas! (you cannot denounce one group, yet support another committing exactly the same atrocities!!)
Hetty Oliver 2014-08-15 07:17:25 AM
@Makhulu Zulu - ISIS - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS /'a?s?s/),[a] is a jihadist group, widely regarded as a terrorist organisation. In its self-proclaimed status as a caliphate, it claims religious authority over all Muslims across the world[49] and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control.
Jonathan Lewis 2014-08-15 07:25:07 AM
Good wipe ISIS from the face of the earth. But could the reporter just get his fact straight and post a photo of a US jet and not an Israeli F15.
Kabelo Magadlela 2014-08-15 08:31:49 AM
Means nothing cos they are only interested to protest their personnel. What about iraqis?
rorypreddy 2014-08-15 03:39:45 PM
Dont stop with isis