Flight deck crew member confirms the deck is all clear before a F/A-18C Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-87) take offs the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), in the Gulf August 12, ... more 
Flight deck crew member confirms the deck is all clear before a F/A-18C Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-87) take offs the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), in the Gulf August 12, 2014. Planes have been taking off from the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN77) to strike key positions taken over by the Islamic State fighters in Iraq. U.S. President Barack Obama has authorised air strikes to confront the Islamist fighters in various cities of Iraq. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed (MID-SEA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY MARITIME) less 
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Tue, Aug 12, 2014 4:16 PM EDT