Home Page | Photos | Video | Forum | Most Popular | Special Reports | Biz China Weekly
Make Us Your Home Page
World
Most Searched: MH 17  Gaza  Ukraine  Prince George  Mexico quake  

U.S. starts air strikes against Iraqi Sunni extremist targets

English.news.cn   2014-08-08 22:09:14

BAGHDAD, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. air force has started on Friday airstrikes against Iraqi Sunni extremist targets in northern Iraq, Kuridsh security and Pentagon sources said.

"U.S. warplanes carried out first airstrikes on Friday on artillery positions belonging to the Islamic State organization in the areas under control by the extremist militant which are located near Arbil provincial border with Nineveh," the source anonymously told Xinhua without giving further details.

"U.S. military aircraft conduct strike on ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) artillery. Artillery was used against Kurdish forces defending Arbil, near U.S. personnel," U.S. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby wrote on Twitter.

The air strikes came after artillery fire near U.S. personnel, the Pentagon said Friday.

U.S. President Barack Obama authorized on Thursday these air raids in a bid to protect Christians, and prevent "genocide" of tens of thousands of members of an ancient sect sheltering on a desert mountaintop from the so-called Islamic State militants threatening to exterminate them.

Editor: yan
FollowXinhuanet     
分享
Related News
Home >> World            
Most Popular English Forum  
Top News  >>
Photos  >>
Video  >>
Top World News Latest News  
  Special Reports  >>
010020070750000000000000011105521335430431