Jets Bomb ISIS Targets in Iraq, but Pentagon Denies Involvement
By Shirley Li and Dashiell Bennett
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby quikcly denied reports that the U.S. has bombed Iraq in the wake of increased aggression by the Islamic State militant group, which has resulted in as many as 40,000 displaced religious minorities.
The New York Times reported around 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday that, according to Kurdish officials and media reports, American military forces conducted airstrikes on at least two targets in northern Iraq, where ISIS has cut off access to the displaced residents. Within minutes, the Pentagon denied that story via Twitter.