A defense official recently confirmed that there have been a series of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS leaders in Iraq.
ISIS is a Sunni jihadist group in the Middle East that has proclaimed itself as a caliphate. ISIS claims religious authority over Muslims all over the world, and strives to bring most of the Muslim world under its political control. It has been prominent in the news for attempting these actions in Iraq and Syria.
The U.S. is not the first to take military action against ISIS. According to an earlier report from the Inquisitr, the U.K. Parliament also approved attacks against ISIS in Iraq.
The airstrikes took place near the Iraqi town of Mosul, near the Syrian border. The attack destroyed a vehicle convoy of 10 armed trucks. The official offered no further information and said they could not confirm if Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was indeed hit. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has a $10 million bounty on his head after rising to power in 2010.
I can confirm that coalition aircraft did conduct a series of air strikes yesterday evening in Iraq against what was assessed to be a gathering of ISIL leaders near Mosul. This strike demonstrates the pressure we continue to place on the ISIL terrorist network and the group’s increasingly limited freedom to maneuver, communicate and command. We cannot confirm if ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was among those present We have no further information to provide regarding these strikes.”
On Friday, President Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to areas of large combat. The plan could raise the total number of American troops in the region to 3,100. There now are about 1,400 U.S. troops in Iraq, out of the 1,600 previously authorized.
“What is needed from the U.S. is that it should work to bring the Iraqi people together,” said Hamid al-Mutlaq, a Sunni Iraqi lawmaker. “America, and others, should not become an obstacle that hinder the Iraqis’ ambitions for a free Iraqi decision that serves the interests of Iraq.”
These latest airstrikes were in response to violent ISIS movements, including savage public beheadings–many of which that are filmed and broadcast worldwide, suicide bombings, and car bombs that often kill innocent people in Iraq and nearby Syria. The U.S. is backed by a coalition, and is fully warranted in its ISIS airstrikes.
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