The U.S. launched a second round of airstrikes Friday, again targeting militants operating near Irbil.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby sent out a statement late Friday:

“The U.S. military continued to attack ISIL targets near Irbil today conducting two additional airstrikes to help defend the city where U.S. personnel are assisting the Government of Iraq.

“Shortly after 10 a.m. EDT, remotely piloted aircraft struck a terrorist mortar position. When ISIL fighters returned to the site moments later, the terrorists were attacked again and successfully eliminated.

“At approximately 11:20 a.m. EDT, four F/A-18 aircraft successfully struck a stationary ISIL convoy of seven vehicles and a mortar position near Irbil.  The aircraft executed two planned passes. On both runs, each aircraft dropped one laser-guided bomb making a total of eight bombs dropped on target neutralizing the mortar and convoy.” […]