U.S. warplanes launched airstrikes, in Iraq, Tuesday near the Syrian border, destroying three "terrorist safe houses" and killing a "known terrorist," the U.S. military said. Iraqi officials said fighting was underway there between tribes that support and oppose foreign fighters.
A U.S. statement made no mention of tribal fighting but said four bombs were used to destroy a house occupied by "terrorists" outside Husaybah. Two more bombs destroyed a second house in Husaybah, occupied by Abu Islam, described as "a known terrorist," the statement added.
"Islam and several other suspected terrorists were killed in that attack," the statement said, adding that the strikes began about 6:20 a.m. The statement said intelligence reports indicated several of Islam's associates fled his house in Husaybah for the nearby town of Karabilah.
"Around 8:30 a.m., a strike was conducted on the house in Karabilah using two precision-guided bombs," the statement said. "Several terrorists were killed in the strike but exact numbers are not known," reports the AP.