US military aircraft have conducted an airstrike on artillery used by the forces of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS). Rear Admiral John Kirby said the attack took place to help defend Kurdish forces near Erbil, Iraq.
Two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near the city of Erbil. US personnel are based in the city.
“The decision to strike was made by the US Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, a spokesman for the Pentagon, said.
This is the story of Umm Uthman, a Latina convert and daughter of a US military officer, who had the chance of traveling all over the US. Her interest in Islam began after she read about the life of civil rights leader Malcolm X, and she eventually embraced Islam in the year 2000 after meeting a Muslim family. She is now involved in helping other Spanish-speakers learn about the beauty of Islam through her education-based organization Hablamos Islam (We Speak Islam) and its project Hablamos Islam Niños (We Speak Islam, Kids). She has written and published several bilingual children’s books about various Islamic topics, which have been distributed in countries all over Latin America, Spain and the US.