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(BAGHDAD) -- The Defense Department released video of an air strike that took place Friday in Iraq.
The video shows two F/A-18 fighter jets dropping laser-guided bombs on mobile artillery near Erbil. It begins with an overhead view over a target as a bomb drops before a flash of what appears to be a large cloud of smoke. Another shot, most likely from land, shows rising smoke from afar.
The United States military carried out three rounds of air strikes on Friday against ISIS militants in Iraq in its renewed effort to bolster the Iraqi and Kurdish forces against Islamic militants. The strikes targeted ISIS fighters, a stationary convoy, mortars and artillery, according to statements on Friday from Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby.
Later on Friday, an armed drone struck an ISIS mortar position shortly after 10 a.m. local time. A follow-up attack was launched on the ISIS fighters when they returned to the location "and successfully eliminated" the target, Kirby said.
A little more than one hour later, four F/A-18 aircraft hit a stationary convoy of seven vehicles and a mortar position near Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region. According to Kirby, the fighter jets conducted two passes, dropping a total of eight bombs on the target, wiping out the mortar and convoy.
The attacks come one day after President Obama authorized air strikes in Iraq if necessary, adding that there will be no U.S. troops on the ground.
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