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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said Friday it launched an airstrike against Islamic militants in northern Iraq Friday, hours after President Obama authorized American air strikes against the rebels and humanitarian drops to aid refugees.

The Pentagon said two FA-18 fighter-attack planes dropped 500 pound laser guided munitions on a mobile artillery place near Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish region,

The president had said air strikes would be used if the militants threatened Irbil, home to a U.S. consulate and a joint U.S.-Iraqi operations center.

"As the president made clear, the United States military will continue to take direct action against ISIL when they threaten our personnel and facilities," Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

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