Just hours after President Obama authorized the use of airstrikes in Iraq, US drones and warplanes struck military vehicles and artillery of the militant Islamist group targeted. This mark the first action by US military in almost 3 years, since combat troops left the country.
The residents were in panic as the Islamic State was advancing and pushed close to the city of Irbil. However, after the air strikes, day-to-day activities seemed to return to normal.
The airstrikes were authorized in order to protect the US military advisors and halt the advance of the militants, while preventing the potential genocide of minorities like Shiite Muslims, Christians and Yazidis.
Thousands of Yazidis are currently trapped on a mountain. The people fled the attack of the militants and they received help from US cargo planes that dropped water and food on them. Yazidis are blocked and access needs to be offered for a potential retreat.
Responses to the airstrikes are mixed.