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US launches 4 airstrikes against Iraqi militants

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military says American jet fighters and drones have conducted four more airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq, taking out armored carriers and a truck that were firing on civilians.

U.S. Central Command says the Islamic State militants were firing on Yazidi civilians taking shelter in the Sinjar mountains. In a statement, the military says the militants were firing on civilians indiscriminately.

Central Command says the strikes near Sinjar were spread out, with three before noon Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday and one about 3 p.m.

The military says indications suggest that the strikes were successful in destroying the armored vehicles.

This is the third round of airstrikes against Islamic State forces by the U.S. military since they were authorized by President Barack Obama.

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sugarnspice10172 August 09 2014 at 8:32 PM

So let me see, it's perfectly ok for the US to launch airstrikes to protect US citizens in a foreign country but the US slams Israel for protecting its own people in their own country. Am I missing something?!! I can only hope US citizens can start to understand the similarity in a country's right to protect it's citizens.

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mrgrunman August 09 2014 at 8:18 PM

we have to fight them over there so we won't have to fight them over here

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d.carns August 09 2014 at 8:21 PM

As usual Obama is a day late and a taxpayer dollar short. He is the terrorist of the US.

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Stanley August 09 2014 at 9:58 PM

Special Forces are in the fight now directing fire missions. God's speed to our military in harm's way!

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nightmagic23103 August 09 2014 at 8:44 PM

how about this . .. let's just start killing all the islamist terrorists wherever they are and whoever they are hanging around with. not once, twice or justthis week . . simply every day we find 10 new targets andf kill them till they are all gone . .. if you are in the way . . .well too bad ... what is the downside . . that.others will hate us? ? ?? well guess what Nancy . . .they already hate us.

ITS TIME WE LAID DOWN THE LAW . . .where is Tuman and Patton (strange /bedfellows for sure) when we need them.

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rjollierroger August 09 2014 at 8:14 PM

It will not be long, this discussion will be filled with hatred for the POTUS and because he is taking action. Last week it was filled with hatred for him, because he had taken no action.

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rondonit August 09 2014 at 8:16 PM

I hereby request my Government destroy every "Assaulting" piece of American equipment in use without our granting permission to the user.

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valorz rondonit August 09 2014 at 11:05 PM

Great comment - idiot

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bd64kcmo valorz August 10 2014 at 1:06 AM

So valorz...what's YOUR "great comment", genius?

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fred August 09 2014 at 8:35 PM

Drop the Pantsuit Pinocchio and Botox Pelosi on 'em- they'll surrender in seconds...........

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Applez64 August 09 2014 at 8:29 PM

Wasn't one of the things Obama promised when he ran for office the first time was to get us out of Iraq? That sure turned out great. Looks like we're back where we started in 2008!

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d.carns August 09 2014 at 8:22 PM

Weapons supplied by Obama to terrorists. As usual

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