Subscribe to Breaking News emails

You have successfully subscribed to the Breaking News email.

Subscribe today to be the first to to know about breaking news and special reports.

U.S. Drone Strike Hits ISIS Firing Position in Northern Iraq

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

An American drone strike took out a firing position that Islamic militants used to target Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, according to the U.S. military. The military said in a statement that a U.S. drone struck and destroyed an ISIS mortar position at around 7:55 a.m. ET on Tuesday. The mortar position was firing on Kurdish forces defending members of the Iraq's Yazidi religious minority who were trying to evacuate the area, U.S. Central command added.

Thousands of Yazidi - a sect closely allied with the Kurds - remain trapped on Mount Sinjar in Iraq. ISIS has threatened them with execution if they do not convert to Islam. The U.S. authorized airstrikes on ISIS targets last week to protect civilians, American interests in the region and to support outgunned Kurdish forces in their battle against ISIS.

IN-DEPTH
- Courtney Kube and Jim Miklaszewski

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
MORE FROM news

Have feedback?

How likely are you to recommend nbcnews.com to a friend or colleague?

0 = Very unlikely
10 = Very likely
Please select answer

Is your feedback about:

Please select answer

Thank you!

Your feedback has been sent out. Please enjoy more of our content.

We appreciate your help making nbcnews.com a better place.