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Breaking: U.S. Has Commenced Air Strikes in N. Iraq, Pentagon Says-VIDEO

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The United States has begun shelling specific targets in Northern Iraq in an attempt to deter ISIS -- remember them, their main platform seems to involve female genital mutilation?

ISIS had trapped opposition (refugees) and has overrun clusters of 'Christian villages" in Iraq. President Obama is also having food and vital water airdropped to the victims and refugees. He himself used the descriptor of 'genocide' to judge the possibilities if action was not taken.

Over refugees are fleeing Northern Iraq, and 40,000 alone are trapped on Sinjar mountain. Isis told Yazidis were told to convert to Islam, flee or be killed.

They sound nice.

According to the New York Times Breaking News Alert:

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American warplanes struck Sunni militant positions in northern Iraq on Friday, the Pentagon said in a statement, confirming the first significant American military operation since ground troops left Iraq in 2011.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon Press Secretary, said that two F-18 fighters dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery target near Erbil. Militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were using the artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending Erbil, Admiral Kirby said in a statement.

The Daily Rundown with Chucky Todd had Friday initial reactions. They are varied on other pundit shows as well.

The strike followed President Obama’s announcement Thursday night that he had authorized limited air strikes to protect American citizens in Erbil and Baghdad, and, if necessary, to break the siege of tens of thousand of refugees stranded on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq.

Then Josè Díaz-Balart had some superb coverage of the shillings on Northern Iraq.

And a vid on President Obama's decision.

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Misfired Palestinian(?) Airstrikes At a Main Hospital and Public Park in Gaza Reported

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Two separate strikes near the main hospital in Gaza and the nearby Shati refugee camp on the edge of Gaza City, brought a stream of victims out of the medical center. Most news outlets report ten dead.

It was initially broadcast on MSNBC as a pair of Israeli airstrikes, that has been the pattern … then perhaps unsurprisingly, by 22 after the hour on Monday, EST, Tamron Hall was reporting that the strikes appear more and more to be friendly fire misfirings.

Now both sides are denying blame.

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Which is almost more tragic. But by noon, we realize that NBC doesn't have a definitive view of who fired the rockets that caused the damage they are reporting in their crawl and on their website, see below. Andrea Mitchell had to get Ayman Mohyeldin back, to discuss. Then Susan Rice.

By chance, Mitchell already had National Security Advisor Susan Rice on her docket, and that footage is informative as well. She urged a political settlement and long-term disarmament and a future for both Gaza and Israel.

Mysteriously, NewsNation never put up Tamron Hall's footage of their field reporter, but I caught part of the footage in another NBC location and that is last, below. Maybe they'll have it figured out by Maddow. [Will update. Or click here just in case. Rachel Central.] But NBC ran footage of John Kerry's statements today, have a listen.

Hamas officials, as reported by Mohyeldin, feel that most of the Palestine people are tired of living under siege … but they'll fight to the end if they have to, because the existential fight is rather bigger than all of them, alive and dead.

That's one sobering look into the future.

From MSNBC's breaking coverage Monday morning.
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Another strike occurred at the Al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza. At least 30 dead and wounded were brought to Shifa Hospital in ambulances, civilian cars and on motorcycles. A NBC News team in the area said the strikes were in "close succession."

However, the Israel Defense Forces told Haaretz that a “preliminary investigation has found the Israeli army did not fire at the Shifa Hospital, and the fire is believed to have been Hamas.” The IDF could not immediately be reached to clarify that account on Monday.

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MSNBC reported this with a bit of a personal angle, they had a film crew in the hospital at the time and they were on site to film the strike at the medical complex. The outpatient clinic was thought to the target of the 5 p.m. [Israeli time] extremely lethal missile.

The reporter on the ground, familiar NBC field newsman Ayman Mohyeldin, was there.

For some background, Lester Holt and Mohyeldin on Today over the weekend discussing one of the rolling cease fires John Kerry has been busily negotiating in an effort to quiet the roiling waters.

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Well this is a pickle, which in turn ties right back to the Churchillian enigma that is the struggle in Gaza. I was on the other side of that border thirty years ago this summer, and it was as uncomfortable then as it must be now - and about as dangerous.

It was, however, before the Right Wing truly adopted Israel as their savior and their land as what will be their reward for enduring Obama and Armageddon: Rapture Ground Zero.

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Just waiting for someone to beller, "At this point does it really matter who fired the rocket that killed 9 children at a refugee camp and hospital during a rolling cease fire in Gaza?" in shades of a righteously frustrated Hillary Clinton in the hot seat.

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Breaking: Two Fighter Jets Shot Down by Pro-Russian Rebels in Ukraine

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Morning Mika had to pivot to real news for a few minutes this morning, when the AP confirmed reports that two fighter jets were shot down in the Eastern Ukraine Wednesday morning.

If two fighter jets are indeed confirmed to be downed by Ground-to-air missiles, days following the tragic shoot down of Malaysian Air Fight 17 last week and hundreds of civilian deaths, the pressure on Putin mounts immeasurably with this latest violence on the ground.

This is a notable escalation.

From Reuters by way of the UK Globe and Mail, earliest reports on the latest violence were reported at about 7:30 a.m. EST.

Pro-Russian rebels have shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets, a spokesman for Ukraine’s military operations said on Wednesday.

The spokesman said the two were downed near Savur Mogila in eastern Ukraine. No details were known about the pilots.

The move comes less than a week after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which Ukraine and Western nations are blaming on pro-Russian rebels. Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for “creating the conditions” that led to the crash, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

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Early reports also say that two crew members were aboard each fighter jet. For more details on the ground game of the past few days, Reuters went on to describe separatist activity and more rebel goals.

Residents said the rebels, who rose up in April demanding independence from Kiev in the mainly Russian-speaking east, had dug trenches in downtown Donetsk outside the main university, where they have been living in student dormitories.

Ukrainian government forces have pushed the armed rebels back to their two main strongholds, in Donetsk and nearby Lugansk, taking back control of villages and suburbs around them.Heavy fighting raged in the Lugansk region for a second day on Wednesday, said officials in Kiev and the rebels.

The discussion turned quickly to the European rift that exists because of their energy-dependency on Russia, Putin's bent on what appears to be more isolationist policy and the need for the West and President Obama to implement sanctions that have result.

Follow updates here at MSNBC throughout the day. They had done some reporting about a center near the Ukraine border getting a notable increase in activity that may prove that Putin continued to fund and support the rebels following the downing of MH17.

Image, The Kyiv Post

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BREAKING: AP Reporting that Malaysian Air 777 Was "Shot Down" over Ukraine

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Reuters had just run this, at around 11:34 a.m. EST, when Tamron Hall broke in on her own expert on MSNBC (video below) to announce that the AP was officially reporting that it was not an unfortunate second Mayalsian Air crash … but that the 777 carrying just under 300 passengers, last mentioned as 'burning on the ground" was shot down by what is being reported as a 'Buk ground-to-air missile' on Reuters breaking crawl.

(Reuters) - A Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday, the Interfax news agency cited an aviation industry source as saying.

The Interfax report said the plane came down 50 km (20 miles) short of entering Russian airspace. It "began to drop, afterwards it was found burning on the ground on Ukrainian territory," the unnamed source said.

This story was quickly amended by another breaking banner that the Buk launcher was seen by press members near the Eastern Ukraine town mentioned in the piece earlier today, Shakhtyorsk.

The plane appeared to have come down in a region of military action where Ukrainian government forces are battling pro-Russian separatists.

A separate unnamed source in the Ukrainian security apparatus, quoted by Interfax, said the plane disappeared from radar at a height of 10,000 metres after which it came down near the town of Shakhtyorsk.

Condolences to family and friends of all on board. If indeed this is a political miscalculation, it is one of tragic proportion.

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