American officials say the U.S. launched a second round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets near Irbil on Friday, using drones and fighter jets.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the strikes by name, say unmanned aircraft struck a mortar near Irbil and four Navy  F/A-18 fighter jets struck a seven-vehicle convoy outside Irbil.

The jets flew off the USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

The Friday afternoon strikes followed a morning strike on an Islamic State artillery gun that was firing on Kurdish troops near U.S. personnel.

President Barack Obama said late Thursday that the U.S. would launch airstrikes on the militant group that was threatening American military trainers in the northeastern Iraq city.

The officials say the convoy was destroyed.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters today that the U.S. military has enough intelligence resources and assets in place to launch strikes by both manned and unmanned aircraft in the region.

The FAA announced Friday that it was banning all U.S. airlines from flying over the airspace above Iraq "due to the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict." 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls targeted U.S. airstrikes in Iraq the correct course of action.

Senator Reid noted that he would oppose sending U.S. combat forces back into Iraq.  

In a nationwide address last night, the President said he will not allow the U.S. to be dragged back into a war in Iraq.


-- The Associated Press