U.S. bombs Islamic State militants in Iraq, France ready to assist U.S.

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FA 18 bomb in IraqAmerican forces have struck Islamic militant targets in Iraq, according to Pentagon spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby.

He said the Islamic rebels had been using the artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending Arbil where U.S. personnel are located.

“The decision to strike was made by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief,” he said.

Kirby said the strike occurred at 6:45 a.m. EDT, or 1:45 p.m. in Arbil.

Earlier in the day, the U.S. began to drop relief supplies to beleaguered Yazidi refugees fleeing the Islamic State militants — also known as ISIS or ISIL.

President Francois Hollande said on Friday that France was ready to take part in action to end civilian suffering, and planned talks with international partners to that end.
“The international community cannot ignore the threat represented by the advance of this terrorist group for the local population, the stability not only of Iraq but of the whole region,” said Hollande in a statement.

Yazidis, ethnic Kurds who practice an ancient faith related to Zoroastrianism, are among a handful of pre-Islamic minority groups who survived for centuries in northern Iraq. They are believed to number in the hundreds of thousands, most living in Iraq, with small communities in the Caucasus and Europe.

Yazidis are regarded by the Islamic State as “devil worshippers” and risk being executed by militants seeking to establish an Islamic empire and redraw the Middle East map, uniting all Muslims under a banner of extremist Islamic law.

Airstrikes authorized yesterday

President Barack Obama said late Thursday evening he had authorized limited bombing to prevent “genocide” and blunt the onslaught of the Sunni radicals who have captured swathes of northern Iraq and advanced to a half hour drive from the Kurdish regional capital, Arbil.

It was the first time since the al-Qaeda offshoot began a lightning offensive in June, overrunning swathes of northern and western Iraq and declaring a “caliphate” in captured areas of Iraq and Syria, that the United States has opted for military action.

Deeply reluctant to engage U.S. forces in the Middle East again after costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama said he had approved “targeted” use of air power to protect U.S. personnel if Islamic State militants advance further towards Arbil, seat of the Kurdistan regional government.

Reuters photographs on Thursday showed the insurgents had raised their black flag over a checkpoint just 28 miles from Arbil, bringing them closer than ever to the city of 1.5 million which is also the region’s economic capital.
‘Today, America is coming to help’

On Thursday, Obama said air strikes, which would be the first by the U.S. military in Iraq since its withdrawal in 2011, could also be used to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces trying to break the Islamists’ siege of Sinjar mountain, where tens of thousands of Yazidis have taken refuge.

“Earlier this week, one Iraqi in the area cried to the world, ‘There is no one coming to help’,” said Obama. “Well, today America is coming to help. We can act carefully and responsibly to prevent a potential act of genocide.”

“Please save us! SOS! save us! Our people are in the desert. They are exposed to a genocide,” said Yazidi lawmaker Mahma Khalil in Baghdad Thursday.

U.S. officials also announced an acceleration of military supplies to the Kurdish regional government, whose peshmerga forces have been routed by the Islamists as they seized control of a dozen towns and the country’s biggest dam in the last week.

Chicago Tribune/ Reuters

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25 responses to “U.S. bombs Islamic State militants in Iraq, France ready to assist U.S.”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Iraqi and Kurdish and now USA airforces … busy skies. Damn good thing somebody woke up.

    1. MekensehParty Avatar
      MekensehParty

      We were hoping the peoples in the region would wake up
      but look at Hamas for instance, not only did they refuse to extend the cease-fire but they started shooting first…
      It’s a damn dilemma, between letting people figure out their own future to come to the conclusion that they’re going for mass slaughter
      So “who do you call?”

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Gotta believe in Ghosts TOO … to call those guys. :-))

        1. MekensehParty Avatar
          MekensehParty

          😉

  2. The USA is a hypocrite Country, together with England, This extremists of “ISIS” are the same killing Christians in Syria beheading priests, killing children and women, but the USA is not worry about human lives, they are worry about the Oil in the region, also they invaded Irak for 3 reasons.
    1. To confirm the supremacy of Israel in the Region.
    2. To Plagiarize History.
    3. For the oil.
    4. For the water which is more valuable than oil.
    As a bonus England took 45 years of cientific research from Irak, and precious treasures from the Museum, this way the Sterling silver is being saved throughout the years in a broken country of mercenaries.

    1. MekensehParty Avatar
      MekensehParty

      Where were you, you the son of the land not protecting the minorities? How did you son of the land allow Qaeda, Isis, Hezbollah, Hamas, Basij, Chabiha and the likes to grow among you?
      You were applauding these terrorists and you still are, while we’re sending our planes to save your asses from genocides.

      1. Hannibal Avatar

        our planes????? You are too funny…

        1. MekensehParty Avatar
          MekensehParty

          who’s paying? you and I
          so yes, our planes

    2. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      You better hope they save that damn dam before it loses all the water in one 65 ft. tsunami.

    3. master09 Avatar

      I count 4. But they all want the one and only thing not 4 and that is money. Russia are doing worse than any of them because of money/oil. Russia would be 100 times worse.

  3. libnan1 Avatar

    Bomb them till they glow with their 72 virgins. They just hope them virgins have big Bazoukas like Barbie’s.

    1. MekensehParty Avatar
      MekensehParty

      The Americans need GMA to lead the campaign
      But first he needs a poem from you
      cmon libnan it’s been so long

    2. nagy_michael2 Avatar
      nagy_michael2

      what took them so long.. after what everyone is eradicated.. i just can’t believe Iran didn’t even bomb them with their planes and you think with all the technology they gave Hamas they would use it on ISIS. it makes you wander if Iran and ISIS are in bed together..

  4. charles Avatar

    I am glad someone is ready to stand up against radical islam since no arabs have the courage too.

    1. nagy_michael2 Avatar
      nagy_michael2

      Good Lord the Saudis, Iran and every country is threatened by them yet these arab assholes didn’t want to i guess and that goes for Iran too.

  5. cook2half Avatar
    cook2half

    The US and France are killing children

    1. The real lebanese Avatar
      The real lebanese

      What war criminals! Where is the world to stop these heartless idiots! 😉

      1. cook2half Avatar
        cook2half

        All these people want is a state. The US should stop occupying them and negotiate a peace deal. I am NOT anti-American, I’m just concerned about the rising number of dead children from these airstrikes.

        (hahahahhahahaa)

    2. master09 Avatar

      Like 1% of what the Arabs do yes. 1% but at least they don’t kill their own like Arabs do.

  6. sweetvirgo Avatar
    sweetvirgo

    It’s about time…kill them all

  7. Fauzia45 Avatar

    Somebody had to act to try to stop these fanatics!!!!

  8. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Maybe the palestinians can dig up an oil well and employ U.S citzens. That might get them some sort of protection from some twisted american, french or British defence forces looking after their own interests. Like I say, no difference between islamic extremists and zionists, same piece of shit split in two pieces, they both stink.

    1. MekensehParty Avatar
      MekensehParty

      maybe they should, much better than digging tunnels
      and yes, let the Palestinian prove that they’re ready for business and they will have all the protection they need…

      1. The real lebanese Avatar
        The real lebanese

        Tough to get business when your government is an Islamic armed movement.

  9. $89733098 Avatar
    $89733098

    ““campaign of terror against the innocent, including the sunni and
    Christian minorities, and its grotesque and targeted acts of violence
    bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of genocide,”

    Oh hang on that’s our man maliki.. that’s ok coz as far as the yanks are concerned anything the yanks or israelis or any other “Allie” does is “self defense” or “fighting terrorists” or blah blah blah!
    Hypocrisy at its finest!
    Just look at the broomstick that comments on this site, according to that worn out broom, everything the yanks do is done in “good” intention.

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