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Video shows U.S. airstrikes targeting ISIS in north Iraq

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The United States Central Command posted on YouTube four videos showing U.S. military aircraft targeting militants and dropping aid to civilians in Northern Iraq.

Two videos showed U.S. military F/A-18 Hornet striking Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants on Friday.

“The first attack occurred about 6:45 a.m. EDT when two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region,” a statement from the U.S. government said, adding “ISIS was using this artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending the city, where U.S. personnel are located.”

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday that the U.S. will focus on military strikes that protect American personnel and address the humanitarian situation at Sinjar mountain, until Iraq forms a new “inclusive” government.