Just moments ago, the New York Times reported that U.S. forces have begun bombing runs in the north of Iraq to give breathing space to threatened Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamic militants:
Breaking News: American Forces Said to Bomb ISIS Targets in Iraq http://t.co/AZJZzSX1TY
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 7, 2014
The Pentagon's press secretary is denying that report, however:
Press reports that US has conducted airstrikes in Iraq completely false. No such action taken.
— Rear Adm. John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 7, 2014
And CBS is reporting that northern airstrikes are possible soon to protect U.S. troops who have been working in the area.
More @CBSDavidMartin: Pentagon preparing for possible air strikes against ISIS around Erbil, Iraq where 150 US advisers may be in jeopardy.
— Charlie Kaye (@CharlieKayeCBS) August 7, 2014
More as it develops.
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