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PENTAGON: U.S. Fighter Jets Bomb Islamic Militants in Iraq

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IRBIL, IRAQ - The Pentagon says two U.S. fighter jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it.    

President Obama authorized such air strikes Thursday, in case the Islamic state militant group advanced on Irbil, in northeaster Iraq, where U.S. military trainers are stationed.

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