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U.S. airstrikes begin on ISIS militants in Iraq
CNN ^ | August 8, 2014 | Jim Sciutto, Ben Brumfield and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

Posted on 08/08/2014 7:39:00 AM PDT by Jonah Vark

Washington (CNN) -- Two U.S. F/A-18 jet fighters bombed artillery batteries of Sunni Islamic extremists in Iraq on Friday, escalating America's military involvement more than two years after President Barack Obama brought home forces from the country.

Obama authorized "targeted airstrikes" if needed to protect U.S. personnel from fighters with the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The U.S. military also could use airstrikes to prevent what officials warn could be a genocide of minority groups by the Islamic State fighters.

The U.S. aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a "mobile artillery piece" used by ISIS at about 6:45 a.m. ET Friday, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said. The commander of U.S. Central Command made the decision to strike under authorization granted him by Obama, Kirby said.

The Islamic State has advanced toward what officials call U.S. interests in Iraq's Kurdish region in the north this week, taking towns from the Kurdish fighting force, known as the Peshmerga. READ MORE.......

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airstrikeonisis; airstrikes; christians; humanitarianairdrop; iraq; isis; isisiraq; islamicextremists; kurds; obamaspeech
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1 posted on 08/08/2014 7:39:00 AM PDT by Jonah Vark
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To: Common Sense 101

They are comming off Carriers. The first attack was from The USS George H.W. Bush. Kinda ironic...


3 posted on 08/08/2014 7:42:21 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: Common Sense 101
Where are the bombers/fighters coming from? The jug-eared dipshit abandoned the Iraqi air bases for the terrorists, so are they coming off of carriers?

Could be flat-tops or from Incirlik, Turkey.

4 posted on 08/08/2014 7:43:30 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Common Sense 101

I believe we still have an air base in Kuwait.


5 posted on 08/08/2014 7:46:15 AM PDT by Keen-Minded
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To: Common Sense 101

Almost certainly these strikes are carrier-based. There is no airfield immediately available for launch, or at least, not one that would not be routed over what must be considered “hostile” airspace now.

Now perhaps the Current Occupant can see how these things slip into a much broader engagement, and he might, MIGHT, have a little understanding how Presidents before him have been drawn into “mission creep”.


6 posted on 08/08/2014 7:46:21 AM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: Jonah Vark

“targeted air strikes”...

Probably targeting baron desert areas.


7 posted on 08/08/2014 7:46:45 AM PDT by mark3681
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To: Jonah Vark

But didn’t Obama say George Bush should not have gone into Iraq? Why is it OK for him? There were Americans living there after 9/11, right? And Saddam was killing innocent people. What’s the difference?


8 posted on 08/08/2014 7:48:08 AM PDT by sevinufnine (A moderately bad man knows he is not very good. A thoroughly bad man thinks he's alright. C.S. Lewis)
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To: mark3681

They’re probably being ordered to drop big bags of flour.


9 posted on 08/08/2014 7:49:28 AM PDT by mothball
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To: mark3681

Not a good time to have an aspirin factory in Iraq.


10 posted on 08/08/2014 7:50:20 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Common Sense 101

Airstrikes Begin: U.S. Navy Planes Drop Bombs on ISIS Forces

The bombs, 500 pounds each, were dropped by two Navy F-18 fighter jets near Erbil, the strategically important city that serves as the Kurdish capital, and where the United States has a consulate. ISIS was using the artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending Erbil, the Pentagon said.

The fighter jets took off from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, in the Persian Gulf. The mission marked a return to U.S. military engagement in Iraq, three years after Obama removed U.S. forces.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/iraq-turmoil/airstrikes-begin-u-s-navy-planes-drop-bombs-isis-forces-n175941


11 posted on 08/08/2014 7:52:36 AM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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To: Jonah Vark

This is another Very Big Nothing ,because Obama had to come out and Brag about it


12 posted on 08/08/2014 7:55:15 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: kjam22
first attack was from The USS George H.W. Bush...

Ahh... the regime always engineering the "Bush's fault" talking point

13 posted on 08/08/2014 7:58:45 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Jonah Vark
Just yesterday he said there is no military solution to what's going on in Iraq, that it required an Iraqi political solution.

Also, remember that there were news reports that air strikes had already occurred, but the White House and Pentagon denied both it.

Well, it seems in his view, war is never the answer, right? Except when it is.

Several hours after denying it, they say they have authorized limited air strikes.

I think some pilots had had enough of seeing children being beheaded and their heads being displayed on pikes, and Obama doing nothing about it, and they decided to take matters into their own hands. I think Obama's after-the-fact "authorization" is just his attempt to cover up a mutiny.

14 posted on 08/08/2014 8:02:51 AM PDT by scouter
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To: molson209

I suspect he wants to generate a crisis as an excuse to bring in even more Muzzie refugees into this country.

Never let a crisis go to waste.


15 posted on 08/08/2014 8:05:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kjam22
The first attack was from The USS George H.W. Bush. Kinda ironic...

Coinkidink? I think not.

16 posted on 08/08/2014 8:05:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sevinufnine
There were Americans living there after 9/11, right? And Saddam was killing innocent people. What’s the difference?

Its less than 100 days before mid-term elections. He is poling under 40%. He is about to lose the Senate. Putin and Russia has been challenging his "manhood" .... Everyone knows he's a really bad gay golfer married to a tranny. His liberal bosses know they are about to have to move back to Berkley.... any number of reasons.

17 posted on 08/08/2014 8:07:19 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: scouter

You misunderstand the objective.

The objective is to effectively begin to establish the new border. ISIL is being told stop that shit!

Stay away from the Kurds.


18 posted on 08/08/2014 8:07:50 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: dfwgator

Yeah.... I don’t think that was the white house’s call. I think the military rotated that carrier group there.


19 posted on 08/08/2014 8:07:55 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: Jonah Vark
"a mobile artillery piece"

Wow....impressive. /sarc

20 posted on 08/08/2014 8:08:07 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: kjam22

“Gentlemen....We’ve got to do something to protect our phoney-baloney jobs.”


21 posted on 08/08/2014 8:09:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: scouter

That is an interesting take on this.Thank you.


22 posted on 08/08/2014 8:09:31 AM PDT by georgia peach (georgia peach)
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To: dfwgator

Hold all calls..... we have a winner.


23 posted on 08/08/2014 8:10:01 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: Jonah Vark

Limited airstrikes means limited ISIS casualties.


24 posted on 08/08/2014 8:11:36 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Jonah Vark
U.S. warplanes patrolling the skies over northern Iraq have a "green light" to go after perceived ISIS threats to the Kurdish capital, Irbil, or to minority populations, said deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.

A subtle expansion of mission from what Obama said last night. A welcoming expansion.

25 posted on 08/08/2014 8:11:48 AM PDT by kabar
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To: b4its2late

Diplomatic cover. Limited is a subjective assessment.


26 posted on 08/08/2014 8:13:05 AM PDT by kabar
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To: All
BREAKING: US airlines banned from flying over #Iraq on.rt.com/znuorh

Guess no-one wants another Ukrainian incident.

27 posted on 08/08/2014 8:13:09 AM PDT by McGruff (Hey America, Hows that Hopey Changey Thingy workin out for ya?)
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To: sevinufnine
> But didn’t Obama say George Bush should not have gone into Iraq?
> Why is it OK for him?

Easy, GWB had an (R) after his name instead of a (D).

28 posted on 08/08/2014 8:14:20 AM PDT by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: SecondAmendment

Wolf Blister is in “oh my GOD” mode about whether or not we’re gonna need boots on the ground to destroy ISIS. The blathering idiot hasn’t figured out that its a political objective and the mission is not to destroy ISIS.


29 posted on 08/08/2014 8:17:16 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: Jonah Vark
Anything Obama does with the military will be extremely limited.

I don't think he will ever send troops to war. If he does that there will be some this time that will DEMAND to see Obama's birth certificate and the white house knows he does not have one.

The white house got away with covering up the truth about Obama's past the first time but too much has been made public since then I believe even the white house knows if a group of military men challenge his legitimacy as Commander N Chief, Obama is toast.

The truth about this man is going to come out

30 posted on 08/08/2014 8:19:31 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: b4its2late

The worst case danger here is that ISIS ( which has a lot of captured US weaponry that the Iraqis abandoned) gets lucky..manages to down a US plane..captured the pilot, and then executes him..


31 posted on 08/08/2014 8:20:22 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: sevinufnine

Hillary invaded Libya for so called humanitarian reasons.

But George Bush is some kind of monster for toppling Saddam for the same reason?

Weird logic.


32 posted on 08/08/2014 8:26:01 AM PDT by what's up
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To: precisionshootist
... if a group of military men challenge his legitimacy as Commander N Chief, Obama is toast.

I think that's exactly what happened here. After denying that they had authorized the air strikes that had already occurred, and after saying that there is no military solution, the White House suddenly does an "about face" and authorizes air strikes.

Think about it... some brave and honorable pilots had had enough and did what needed to be done without authorization (and perhaps against direct orders). Their careers may be toast, but they're probably OK with that, if that's the price they had to pay to do the right thing. There was a mutiny, however small, and the after-the-fact "authorization" to conduct "limited" air strikes is Obama's attempt to cover up that fact.

May there be more.

33 posted on 08/08/2014 8:29:48 AM PDT by scouter
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To: dfwgator

And how many of these muzzie refugees will be ISIS fighters joining the many already stationed inside the country?


34 posted on 08/08/2014 8:50:46 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Jonah Vark

Could you imagine how beneficial this would have been when those greasy, hooded rapists were driving their Toyotas across the desert?


35 posted on 08/08/2014 8:51:02 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Jonah Vark

Not to worry. The current unpleasantries in Iraq will vaporize
as soon as the American MSM realizes that Obama is again stuck
in an over-his-head quandry. They will divert attention to some
new crisis or event and the American public will forget about the
40K Christian civilians and others under the threat of genocide
by the ISIS devils. Obama saved, problem solved.


36 posted on 08/08/2014 8:52:38 AM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: alloysteel

He’s busy trying to figure out how he can parlay this into fundamentally transforming America. “How can I use this to get revenge on White America?” That’s all he thinks about beside enriching himself.


37 posted on 08/08/2014 8:55:16 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: scouter
"More of your foolishness: The police were never called about that incident. They “were in the area...” Kyle testified that the police were in the area but no one testified that the police were called. YOUR bias is showing loud and clear."

I never thought of that possibility. You might be right.

I was just thinking Obama has enough politically reliable allies in the military now to pull off sending in two planes but that's about it. He couldn't do anything large scale or that involves boots on the ground.

38 posted on 08/08/2014 8:56:10 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: Jonah Vark

I wonder how the determination is being made as to what to target? Are we taking suggestions from the Iraqi government? Satellite photos? What?

Or have we inserted some special ops teams to “light up” the targets? Inquiring minds want to know.


39 posted on 08/08/2014 8:56:40 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Your feelings don't trump my free speech!)
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To: precisionshootist

So he’s just going to air drop supplies, that will either fall into the hands of ISIS, or will result in people stampeding over each other to get to the supplies.


40 posted on 08/08/2014 8:57:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kjam22
Thanks for the info. I figured carriers.

What an expensive waste when a residual force left in Iraq could have local bases to fly from.

Knowing our ferocious CIC, I imagine they will only be allowed to nibble around the edges, when ISIS needs to be buried under at least 6 feet of sand.

vaudine

41 posted on 08/08/2014 9:00:39 AM PDT by vaudine
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To: scouter
I think that's exactly what happened here. After denying that they had authorized the air strikes that had already occurred, and after saying that there is no military solution, the White House suddenly does an "about face" and authorizes air strikes.

Think about it... some brave and honorable pilots had had enough and did what needed to be done without authorization (and perhaps against direct orders). Their careers may be toast, but they're probably OK with that, if that's the price they had to pay to do the right thing. There was a mutiny, however small, and the after-the-fact "authorization" to conduct "limited" air strikes is Obama's attempt to cover up that fact.

It would be interesting indeed if an entire Carrier Battle Group told the administration to go pound sand.

42 posted on 08/08/2014 9:09:35 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: sevinufnine
You ask “Why is it OK for him (obama)? Anything and everything that is detrimental to America is fine for obama and his lackeys to do.

And that's what we're looking at for the remaining 2 or so years, and longer if the like-minded people in the alphabet agencies are not weeded out.

43 posted on 08/08/2014 9:15:01 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: kjam22
Let's be clear that there are BOOTS ON THE GROUND in Iraq.

The "military advisors" Obama deployed don't sit in Offices at the embassay. Clearly and verified by news, Green Berets were deployed to embed with the Kurds. The purpose of Green Berets is foriegn embedment and the GB have been with the Kurds on and off since the Gulf War 1.

The Kurds and GB are laser painting targets and calling in air strikes. That's boots on the ground.

44 posted on 08/08/2014 9:17:45 AM PDT by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: Keen-Minded

These are FA-!8 fighters which are usually deployed on carriers!!


45 posted on 08/08/2014 9:21:06 AM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: dfwgator

“Hey, I didn’t get a Harumff out of that guy”

Governor on “Blazzing Saddles”


46 posted on 08/08/2014 9:21:12 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Jonah Vark

I miss War Porn.


47 posted on 08/08/2014 9:25:09 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: kjam22

Wolf is a clown...CNN is doing a much more adequate job than Fox of reporting, however. The military “experts” are better and by the way, since when did Alyson Camarada defect?


48 posted on 08/08/2014 9:26:34 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("Where Liberty Dwells, There Is My Country". Ben Franklin)
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To: bert

“The objective is to effectively begin to establish the new border. ISIL is being told stop that shit!”

I think the administration is doing this to throw Israel a bone and run Cover ops while Israel mows the grass in Gaza.


49 posted on 08/08/2014 9:35:48 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I do have a theory. These raids we will see over the next few days is to go after the leaders of ISIS. I am willing to bet that several of them were in Benghazi negotiating with Stevens the transfer of arms from Iraq to rebel forces. Once the deal was done, there was no longer a need for Stevens and Obama and Hillary cannot do anything for fear of being exposed.

I would go so far as to say this was the reason for us pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan.


50 posted on 08/08/2014 9:46:16 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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