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US launches airstrikes near Irbil and Mosul Dam

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say a mix of fighter planes and remotely piloted aircraft have attacked Islamic State militants near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam.

In a statement, U.S. Central Command said the airstrikes Saturday were launched under the authority to support humanitarian efforts in Iraq, as well as to protect U.S. personnel and facilities.

Central Command says the nine airstrikes conducted so far had destroyed or damaged four armored personnel carriers, seven armed vehicles, two Humvees and an armored vehicle.

The Islamic State group captured Mosul Dam, in northern Iraq on the Tigris River, earlier this month. It is the nation's largest dam.

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cliftongop August 16 2014 at 8:19 PM

We're talking about taking out individual weapons and vehicles of against a terrorist organization that captures territory and beheads children. Forget vehicles and weapons. We should be taking out entire convoys, bases, and command and control centers.

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stees4 August 16 2014 at 7:58 PM

We are just going to have to keep the pressure on these Islamic Extremists. If at the end of a gun barrell is the only thing they understand, then so be it.

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wolfgang0594 August 16 2014 at 7:55 PM

Why this bombing is REALLY having to be done...The reason this is HAVING to be done, is because a community organizer that has no concept of world events outside of his own agenda. His mistakes have caused chaos in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya and our own greatest ally in the middle east, Israel! This link, watch it and see who you people REALLY elected! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5CsrTMZAhA

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HEY SIXTO August 16 2014 at 9:11 PM

OBAMA not a black man or white man jes the president (in name only) embarrassing why do we have to cloud race and performance he was unqualified at election and continues to prove it

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jpweg5 August 16 2014 at 8:04 PM

Actually, that's an A-6 Intruder, which was retired by the Navy in 1997. So I doubt that that's the USS H.W. Bush! Great work again, Top notch journalism.

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ttowne1267 August 16 2014 at 8:04 PM

Despite what its' caption says, the picture is obviously not an F-18. Makes one wonder how much of the text is also bogus and/or unreserched?

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bigshadyobama August 16 2014 at 7:42 PM


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supermolar August 16 2014 at 8:54 PM

with the kind of firepower at the Air Force's disposal-if we were serious , Isis forces would be decimated by now. Fight to lose-that is our motto.

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skidrowtom August 16 2014 at 7:46 PM

While they're flying around, they need to hit a few areas of Ferguson, MO.

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johnjpal8 August 16 2014 at 8:19 PM

once again the americans bear the brunt of war others began and the bigots keep blaming Obama. Truman stole Palestine from innocent muslims , Christians and indigenous jews, g.h. bush sends our troops to fight and die to restore britains economic sphere of influence in Kuwait and to keep the price of a barrel of oil high, g. w. bush sends our troops to fight and die for oil , Israel,, m. I.. complex profits and for revenge. they caused this horror and a black man is blamed by the bigots . Obama did not start another war and is bringing our troops home

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