The Pentagon says US warplanes will soon start flying out of a base in northern Iraq as part of an expanded air campaign against the ISIL terrorist group.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said on Thursday that “armed and manned” US aircraft would fly from Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region.
So far, warplanes bombing ISIL positions in Iraq have been using bases and aircraft carriers outside Iraq. But attack helicopters have already been flying out of bases inside the country.
Kirby did not say what type of “manned” aircraft would be involved in the operation against ISIL, or how many fighter jets would be deployed to Erbil. “There are still some decisions that have yet to be made on exact sourcing solutions.”
But he stated that US airstrikes, which started on August 8, would be…
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