U.S. airstrikes hit Iraq militants’ artillery, vehicles | LA Times
U.S. warplanes and drones struck artillery and military vehicles of a militant Islamist group Friday in an effort to halt its advance toward this booming northern Iraqi oil center, now clogged with displaced people sheltering at churches, factories and construction sites.
The first U.S. military action in Iraq in the nearly three years since the last American combat troops left the country came just hours after it was authorized by President Obama, and appeared to reassure people in the capital of the semiautonomous Kurdistan region.
Residents described a sense of panic in recent days as fighters of the Islamic State, an offshoot of Al Qaeda that now controls large stretches of Iraq and neighboring Syria, pushed to within about 25 miles of Irbil.
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Editor’s Note: Key phrase there is “booming northern Iraqi oil center.” The U.S. government doesn’t give a shit about the Kurds. But Americans will and are watching the puppet news and will see a bit of aid dropped here and there and think “OH WE’RE HELPING,” yet just three years ago the U.S. government was finally scaling back military operations that directly or indirectly killed an estimated 1,000,000 Iraqis, displaced 4.5 million, left 1-2 million widowed, and 5 million children orphaned. Just yesterday I posted the insightful words of Salman Rushdie who said, “[I]t’s impossible to overestimate the influence of American ignorance on world affairs.” Such sentiments could not be truer now.