An Iraqi Air Force helicopter participates in a ceremony marking the 83rd anniversary of the founding of the Iraqi Air Force, in Nasiriyah city, south of Baghdad in this April 22, 2014 file photograph. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani/Files
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Iraqi forces battled militants northeast of Baghdad Friday, as Washington said a powerful jihadist group was "beyond anything" it has seen and that operations in Syria may also be needed.Pentagon chiefs warned of the dangers of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria, a slick, well-funded operation powered by an "apocalyptic end of days" ideology as the West reeled from the grisly execution of American journalist James Foley. But despite the jihadists' threat to kill a second reporter if it does not halt air strikes, Washington confirmed it had again bombed the militants in northern Iraq. The operation came after Pentagon chiefs said that defeating ISIS, which spearheaded an offensive that overran swathes of Iraq, will require efforts across the region, including in neighbouring Syria, where the jihadists also control large areas.The US military said it had conducted 90 air strikes in Iraq since August 8, more than half of them in support of Kurdish forces near Iraq's largest dam on the Tigris river north of militant-held second city Mosul.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE