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:
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.