The Iraqis and Americans are having a hard time leaving the tragedy of the Iraq war behind them as new hostilities consistently flare up in the region. Recently the United States launched airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq’s Kurdistan reported Al Jazeera on Aug. 8, 2014. The Pentagon has said American warplanes carried out two separate airstrikes directed against advancing Islamic State positions in northern Iraq after artillery fire from the group fell close to U.S. personnel.
The head of U.S. Central Command under authorization of President Barack Obama made the decision to strike Islamic State targets. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the U.S. military will continue to take action against Islamic State fighters whenever its fighters threaten Americans or U.S. facilities. It is not known exactly how long the American bombing campaign against the Islamic State will last.
The U.S. launched the airstrikes in Iraq directed against militants as the crisis worsened for displaced civilians reports Fox News.
Many allies of the United States have offered support for the American airstrikes. Highlighting the sense of alarm a spokesman for Iraq's human rights ministry has said that hundreds of Yazidi women had been taken captive by the militants. It is felt the terrorists now consider them slaves and have brutal plans for them.
The was the first re-engagement in Iraq for the U.S. since it withdrew its forces from Iraq in late 2011 after more than eight years of war. This re-engagement started when two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck which was towing it. In recent weeks the militants have captured many towns and Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam and reservoir. According to the United Nations greater than 500,000 people have been displaced by the violence in Iraq since June. This brings the total number of displaced people this year to well over 1 million as the tragedy in Iraq continues to unfold.