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US begins Iraq airstrikes




President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC, August 7, 2014.
President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC, August 7, 2014.
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The US launched an airstrike against Islamic militants in northern Iraq this morning, less than a day after President Obama authorized limited military action against Islamic militants ISIL, which began advancing across Iraq since June.

The Pentagon said two F/A-18 jet fighters dropped laser-guided bombs on a target near Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan where a US Consulate and a handful of military advisers are based. ISIL has been moving toward Erbil in recent days.

The bombing is the first major American military operation in Iraq since troop withdrawal in 2011.

On Thursday, President Obama authorized airstrikes in Iraq to protect American personnel in Erbil and across Iraq. He also authorized  humanitarian food drops to help thousands of Iraqis that have been driven into the mountains in the city of Sinjar in northwest Iraq.

Guests:

Eric M Davis, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and past director of the University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He keeps the blog, The New Middle East and has written extensively about ISIS and Iraq

Geoffrey Corn,  Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and a veteran Army prosecutor