Pentagon: US launches first airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq

Obama authorized such airstrikes when the Islamic state

Obama authorized such airstrikes when the Islamic state militant group advanced where U.S. military trainers are stationed. (August 8, 2014 12:57 PM)

(AP) -- The Pentagon says two U.S. fighter jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it.

President Barack Obama authorized such airstrikes Thursday when the Islamic state militant group advanced...

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