Thursday 18 December 2014

Fresh strikes on Islamic militants

Published 08/08/2014 | 02:20

Smoke rises from airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
Smoke rises from airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq (AP)
A US Air Force C-17 cargo jet performed the air-drop of humanitarian aid (AP)
Displaced Iraqi Christians settle at St Joseph Church in Irbil, northern Iraq, after militants overran a cluster of predominantly Christian villages alongside the country's semi-autonomous Kurdish region (AP)
A US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet (AP)

The US has launched a second round of airstrikes against Islamic militants using drones and fighter jets.

Officials said unmanned aircraft struck a mortar near Ibril and four Navy F/A-18 fighter jets struck a seven-vehicle convoy outside the city.

The jets flew off the USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier.

The strikes followed a morning strike on an Islamic State artillery gun that was firing on Kurdish troops near US personnel.

US president Barack Obama said the US would launch airstrikes on the militant group that was threatening American military trainers in the north eastern Iraq city.

Officials say the convoy was destroyed.

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