US warplanes strike ISIL targets to protect minorities in Iraq

Barack Obama

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—U.S. warplanes struck Iraq on Friday for the first time
since American troops pulled out in 2011, attacking terrorists advancing towards the
Kurdish region after President Barack Obama said Washington must act to prevent

The rebels had advanced to within a half hour’s drive of Arbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdish
region and a hub for U.S. oil companies. A Pentagon spokesman said two F/A-18
aircraft dropped laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece used by Islamic State
fighters to shell Kurdish forces defending Arbil.

Obama authorized air strikes after tens of thousands of Christians fled for their lives
from Islamic State fighters who have crucified and beheaded captives.