Al Arabiya aboard USS George H.W. Bush amid U.S. airstrikes on ISIS
The U.S. campaign started last month against positions held by ISIS in Iraq
A team from Al Arabiya News Channel recently boarded the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier and observed planes taking off as part of the U.S. air campaign against militants in Iraq.
The U.S. campaign started last month against positions in Iraq held by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
The airstrikes against ISIS have been launching off the United States Ship George H.W. Bush , located in the Gulf’s waters. The carrier is believed to boast about 40 fighter warplanes on board.
Tens of the 18F Super Hornets flew off the carrier along the day, Al Arabiya’s team witnessed. Those guided missile aircrafts fly for hours and return empty.
Speaking to Al Arabiya News, Rear Admiral DeWolfe H. Miller III, commander of the carrier strike group, said the limited U.S. campaign aims to protect U.S. interests and hinder the progress of ISIS.
“I believe the strikes provided some time and space to slow them (ISIS) down to give space for the formation of the Iraq government.
“The president has made our work here clear. We are working on supporting humanitarian assistance operations like for example Mount Sinjar and the Mosul Dam.
“We are also protecting American citizens and facilities inside Iraq.”
Miller said they have launched about 30 strikes near ISIS positions in Iraq, such as the Mosul Dam and Mount Sinjar.
“The strikes that we have conducted have had had an effect clearly at Mount Sinjar where it provided security for internally displaced personal on the mountain. We’ve also seen an effect in Mosul, where ISIS was in control of the dam and Kurdish forces. The Iraqi security forces, along with our airstrikes, helped in retaking the dam.”