BAGHDAD: US strikes the ISIS militants in Iraq destroying IS artillery.
The first US air strike on Friday 8th of August involved two 500lb (227kg) bombs dropped on the artillery of the IS militants. This artillery was being used by the militants against forces defending Irbil. Later on, the Pentagon confirmed a second wave of attacks.
The Pentagon confirmed that: drones and fighter jets attacked a mortar position and a seven-vehicle convoy carrying fighters also threatening Irbil. Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the US state department, said the immediate goal of the strikes was to “prevent the advance” of IS towards Irbil, where US personnel are based.