U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq continue

Strikes were carried out by a "mix of U.S. fighters and remotely piloted aircract"

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United States aircraft struck armored vehicles and other militant targets Saturday in the second day of U.S. air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an extremist group threatening minorities in northern Iraq, U.S. Central Command said according to Reuters news agency.

“At approximately 11:20 a.m. EDT, a mix of U.S. fighters and remotely piloted aircraft struck one of two (ISIS) armored personnel carriers firing on Yazidi civilians near Sinjar, destroying the APC,” Central Command said in a statement. Several other strikes followed, making for a total of four strikes.

President Barack Obama earlier on Saturday warned Americans the new U.S. military campaign against ISIS fighters could take time.

The ISIS has so far claimed several parts of Iraq and is beginning to encroach on the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Erbil.

Obama’s made these statements a day after the U.S. conducted its first air strikes in Iraq since the 2011 withdrawal.

Separetely, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius left France early Sunday to Baghdad and then Erbil, his ministry said Sunday.

Fabius will meet with his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari in the capital before flying to Erbil. He will hold talks with Iraqi Kurdish president Massud Barzani and oversee the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians who have fled the advance of the Islamist fighters.

(With AFP)