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Friday, August 8, 2014

Baghdad has Also Been Bombing ISIS, Delivering Relief

With the US media obviously focused on the first rounds of US airstrikes against ISIS on the front near Erbil, it is only fair to note that the Iraqi Air Force also struck last night at targets in Mosul. Presumably using the Su-25 ground attack aircraft it acquired this summer from Russia and Iran, Iraqi aircraft reportedly hit a building they believed was an ISIS headquarters in Mosul, and also claimed that ISIS forces retreated unto the city from positions in the north.

Various estimates claimed an ISIS death toll of 60, 76 (suspiciously precise), or 130, or simply "large numbers," all of which estimates are unconfirmed.

At least one Iraqi helicopter has already landed on Jabal Sinjar, delivering relief supplies, as well.

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