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Crisis in Iraq

U.S. begins airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq

The U.S. hit ISIS artillery in northern Iraq with airstrikes this morning, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby announced on Twitter. The militant group had been using the artillery to strike forces defending the Kurdish capital of Erbil, he said, adding that "U.S. personnel" had also been near where ISIS' shells had struck.

The actions came after President Obama authorized limited airstrikes against ISIS late Thursday if the militant group threatened religious minorities trapped on a mountain or any areas with a U.S. presence. "We intend to take action if they threaten our facilities anywhere in Iraq... including Erbil and Baghdad," he said. Looks like the Pentagon just followed through.