Sting of the Super Hornets: Navy video shows US destroying ISIL targets in Iraq

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Photo credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Scott/Released

With the authorization of U.S. airstrikes on Islamic terrorists in Iraq, Navy Super Hornets on Friday dropped 500-pound bombs on the  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The Navy released a video on its YouTube channel, which described the action this way:

Two ‪#‎USNavy F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing 8 embarked on USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) struck Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets near Erbil, Iraq. The F/A-18s dropped 500 pound laser-guided bombs against ISIL artillery targets. Bush is operating in the Arabian Gulf on a scheduled deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet. The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct military operations in support of humanitarian aid deliveries and targeted airstrikes in Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and interests, in response to activities conducted by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.

About 150 U.S. military advisers and other personnel are in the area, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said, according to Business Insider. He had announced the initial airstrike Friday morning. Another strike took place three hours later.

“When ISIL fighters returned to the site moments later, the terrorists were attacked again and successfully eliminated,” Kirby told Business Insider.

Watch the U.S. Navy at work here:

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