President Obama authorizes two more strikes against ISIS
President Obama ordered two more rounds of airstrikes late Friday against ISIS militants in northern Iraq; U.S. military took out two more mortar positions as well as a seven-vehicle convoy according to Pentagon officials. These new strikes come hours after two F-18’s bombed an ISIS artillery site, the first military action in Iraq since President Obama withdrew troops a few years ago.
In the statement from the Pentagon, they confirm that a drone struck an ISIS mortar position and when ISIS militant fighters returned to the site moments later, the terrorists attacked again and successfully eliminated.” Pentagon officials reported that four F-18 aircraft bombed a stationary militant convoy of seven vehicles near Irbil, dropping eight laser-guided bombs.
All the jets used in the air strikes all came from the USS George HW Bush in the Persian Gulf. Pentagon officials emphasized that the president made clear, the U.S. military will continue to take action against ISIS when they threaten our personnel and facilities. ISIS extremists have been shelling Kurdish forces defending the city. President Obama announced late Thursday authorized limited military force to defend American forces still in the region as well as to protect civilians stuck on a mountain outside the city.
Senators McCain and Graham released a letter saying: “The president is right to provide humanitarian relief to the Iraqi civilians stranded on Mount Sinjar and to authorize military strikes against ISIS forces that are threatening them, our Kurdish allies, and our own personnel in northern Iraq,” “However, these actions are far from sufficient to meet the growing threat that ISIS poses. We need a strategic approach, not just a humanitarian one.”
Speaker Boehner and Representative Frank Wolf called the recent developments as a first step but can’t be the only steps. During White House Press Secretary’s press briefing said there was no “specific end-date” to the campaign but reassured the press that Obama will not focus on a combat role to alleviate the current crisis.
According to the United Nations, 35,000 to 50,000 fled to Mt. Sinjar and have been without adequate food and water. The aid mission involved C-130 and C-17 aircraft escorted by F-18 fighters. They dropped 72 bundles of supplies including thousands of gallons of water.
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