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Pentagon announces airstrikes on ISIL targets in Iraq

English.news.cn   2014-08-08 21:23:57

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Pentagon announced on Friday that the U.S. military have launched targeted airstrikes on forces of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) by dropping two laser-guided bombs on its mobile artillery.

"The mission really is to protect American personnel in Erbil and potentially even in and around Baghdad. And this is an important point -- to try to help Iraqi security forces as they go after this threat," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at an emergency press briefing.

"This is a threat inside their country, to their people, to their sovereignty, and ultimately this is an Iraqi fight to fight," he said.

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