August 8, 2014 10:37 am -

Another United States airstrike on Iraq has begun.

U.S. jet fighters hit Islamic State artillery positions in northern Iraq on Friday, the first of what is expected to be a series of American strikes meant to halt the Sunni extremist advance on the Kurdish capital of Erbil, the Pentagon said.

The U.S. F-18 jet fighters dropped 500 pound laser guided bombs on mobile artillery positions outside Erbil, said Pentagon press secretary John Kirby.

The strikes were the first since President Barack Obama authorized U.S. military action to target radical Islamic forces in the Kurdish city, where the U.S. has diplomatic and military personnel aiding the Kurds.

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34 responses to We’re Bombing Iraq Again

  1. R.J. Carter August 8th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Here comes the new boss.
    Same as the old boss.

    • Anomaly 100 August 8th, 2014 at 11:23 am

      I have mixed feelings about this. There are people stranded on a mountaintop without water or provisions. ISIS needs to go down. We need to send in some SEAL dudes, or something.

      • R.J. Carter August 8th, 2014 at 11:54 am

        Completely in favor of the humanitarian airdrop for the displaced Christians who have been driven out by ISIS/ISIL/Name du jour.

        • Anomaly 100 August 8th, 2014 at 11:59 am

          It’s one of the worst stories I’ve heard about in ages. They’re having to bury people in shallow graves while wondering whether to surrender (die a bloody death), or to starve to death.

          • Robert M. Snyder August 8th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

            “It’s one of the worst stories I’ve heard about in ages.”

            Ages, or decades?

            “The Halabja chemical attack, also known as the Halabja Massacre or Bloody Friday, was a genocidal massacre against the Kurdish people that took place on March 16, 1988, during the closing days of the Iran–Iraq War in the Kurdish city of Halabja in Southern Kurdistan. The attack was part of the Al-Anfal campaign in northern Iraq, as well as part of the Iraqi attempt to repel the Iranian Operation Zafar 7. It took place 48 hours after the fall of the town to Iranian army and Kurdish guerrillas. The attack killed between 3,200 and 5,000 people and injured 7,000 to 10,000 more, most of them civilians. Thousands more died of complications, diseases, and birth defects in the years after the attack. The incident, which has been officially defined as an act of genocide against the Kurdish people in Iraq, was and still remains the largest chemical weapons attack directed against a civilian-populated area in history.”


          • Anomaly 100 August 8th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

            Le sigh. Really Robert? For reals?

        • fahvel August 8th, 2014 at 12:59 pm


          • Anomaly 100 August 8th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

            What’s wrong with an airdrop?

          • R.J. Carter August 8th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

            Because beheading people is naughty behavior.

      • fahvel August 8th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

        sure and you can call the families of the dead ones – those deaths never get reported unless there’s a political advantage.

    • Abby Normal August 8th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Please tell me you’re not comparing Obama to Bush. You’re not, are you?

      • R.J. Carter August 8th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

        Depends on how much shock and awe we get.

  2. causeican August 8th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    These are the consequences of breaking a country. It may be time for Iraq to divide into three countries.

  3. Abby Normal August 8th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I don’t see what choice Obama has. Unlike Bush’s invasion, this is a humanitarian effort. ISIS has been rounding people up, beheading them, executing them and burying them in mass graves. Erbil is the capital city of what the Kurds hope will become Kurdistan. The Kurds are our allies and have been very successful at running their corner of Iraq. They are definitely the good guys and if US airstrikes will help them, then bring on the airstrikes – and that includes using drones to give ISIS Hellfire enemas.

    • fahvel August 8th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      and who dies? One american pilot and a dozen Iraqis? do you really care so little? It’s their land and their choice and the usa has no place at all anywhere in the mid-east.

      • Abby Normal August 8th, 2014 at 2:55 pm

        Who dies? Preferably, no one. ISIS started this present wave of killing, with a tsunami of beheadings and mass executions. If some F-18 bombing runs will stop ISIS from overrunning Erbil, the Kurdish capital city, then I’m all in favor of it. Not only are the Kurds, the good guys and our loyal friends, but Erbil is presently home to a lot of Americans.

    • craig7120 August 8th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Its all a bunch of b.s. anyway. We get picked because Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi ain’t gonna do nothing, because we can’t allow for hurt feelings of Islamists, so let the great Satan kill people that way said countries save face. Israel and U.S. will always be the enemy to Islam if we don’t allow them to settle their own turf wars.

    • fancypants August 8th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      How can you solve problems that existed over 200 yrs. The person who kept iran in their back yard was hung in his own country. Unjustifiably I might add

  4. Pistol-Packing August 8th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Dont be surprised if you see the “Screaming Eagles” dropped in for some light Infantry to help stem the tide.

    • Pilotshark August 8th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      more then likely these days it would be the All-American (82nd) dropping in.


      • Pistol-Packing August 8th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

        “Screaming Eagles” is the 101st Airborne Light Infantry. But hey, who amI to decide. Lets get them both into the fight.

        • Pilotshark August 8th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

          well they use to be Airborne light infantry, now they are Air Assault light Infantry, and lets not send any of them into any fight over there.
          oh I think the 501st still Airborne status. it has been a while 🙂

  5. craig7120 August 8th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    What? No catchy nicknames? There was a time when we treated war with a carnival atmosphere, flag wavers, freedom fries, Lee Greenwood songs, truck pulls, c’mon gop lead us in a chorus of Toby Keith to get this party started…
    Oh yeah, they didn’t like W’s policies
    Thanks Obama

  6. Chinese Democracy August 8th, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    definitely do not want Iraq to turn into another Iran on the block. So.. but anyway , I like the idea of an arab NATO.. cmon Saudi Arabia do something besides spending our money on expensive cars heh

    • Pistol-Packing August 8th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      The Arabs, will do nothing. Which is a crying shame.

    • fancypants August 8th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      your going to tick off the gop if you expect Saudi Arabia to lift a finger

  7. Red Eye Robot August 8th, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Never before has a nobel peace prize winner dropped bombs on so many.

    • Obewon August 9th, 2014 at 5:26 am

      2009 Nobel Peace Prize Committee statement: “The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.” New Start Nuclear reductions: The drafting of the treaty commenced in April 2009 immediately after the meeting between the presidents of the two countries, Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev,

      • Red Eye Robot August 9th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

        Oh great news the world is free of nuclear arms now because of obama too! Did you hear that North Korea and Iran?

        • Obewon August 9th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

          Iran doesn’t even have 40 KG’s of highly enriched uranium, or plutonium for triggering a single nuke. And Kim’s teeny tiny poof has no missile, or any other delivery mechanism. Don’t they tell you these things on finger in your eye radio?

          • Red Eye Robot August 10th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

            More Whistling past the grave yard. Let me guess, Russia, is not a threat either.

  8. fancypants August 8th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    we are less then 2 yrs away from making Iraq our 52nd state
    Vote republican

  9. greenfloyd August 9th, 2014 at 5:08 am

    What could go wrong?

    It’s too bad Congress is missing out on all the fun.

    Great! We really need more refugees.

    This isn’t our fight. Or is it? Has anyone seen an other Arab country lift a finger to help? Hello?

    New Global Jihad(tm) meme: “Great Satin Saves Devil Worshipers!”

    Alright then. See ya in Doha!

  10. Obewon August 9th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    The first wave succeeded 3 days ago: US military aircraft dropped food and water for thousands of besieged Iraqis trapped by the the Islamist militant group Isis, Barack Obama has confirmed, with the president also authorizing air strikes against the insurgents if they advanced towards US forces.