Please enter a valid phone number. Please enter your Phone Number. Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Obama Authorizes Air Strikes, Aid Mission in Iraq 1 hour ago Content preferences Done President Obama said tonight he has authorized “targeted” air strikes if necessary to protect American interests in Iraq from insurgent forces that are taking over the country’s northern cities. Politics & Government
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The administration had been delaying taking any military action against ISIS until there is a new Iraqi government. Both White House and Pentagon officials have said privately that the United States would not intervene militarily until Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki stepped down. But administration officials said on Thursday that the crisis on Mount Sinjar may be forcing their hand. About 40 children have already died from the heat and dehydration, according to Unicef, while as many as 40,000 people have been sheltering in the bare mountains without food, water or access to supplies. Read More Islamic State fighters seize Iraq’s biggest dam The administration officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
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US media, citing senior White House officials, said Obama was weighing military options after jihadists from the so-called “Islamic State” attacked Christian and Yazidi minority communities. There could be a humanitarian catastrophe there, an official told the New York Times, warning that a decision on military action was expected imminently this could be a fast-moving train. Obama came to office determined to end US military involvement in Iraq and in his first term oversaw the withdrawal of the huge ground force deployed there since the 2003 American invasion. But recent rapid gains by the Islamic State, a successor group to Al-Qaeda’s former Iraqi and Syrian operations, compelled him to send military advisors back to Baghdad evaluate the situation. The United Nations Security Council was to hold emergency talks on the crisis later Thursday, and France has pledged support for forces “engaged in battle” against the IS radicals. View gallery Iraqi Christians who fled the violence in the village of Qaraqush rest upon their arrival at the Sai The group, along with allied Sunni factions, is at war with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s mainly Shiite government forces and with the peshmerga forces of the Kurdish autonomous region of the country.
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Done U.S. bombs twitter Islamic State after Obama call to prevent Iraq “genocide” 2 hours ago (Updates with IS fighter quote) * Obama says authorised air strikes to try to halt IS advance * U.S. planes drop relief supplies to Yazidi refugees * Sectarian violence across Iraq By Raheem Salman and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD/ARBIL, Iraq, Aug 8 (Reuters) – U.S. warplanes bombed Islamist fighters marching on Iraq’s Kurdish capital on Friday after President Barack Obama said Washington must act to prevent “genocide”. Islamic State fighters, who have beheaded and crucified captives in their drive to eradicate unbelievers, have advanced to within a half hour’s drive of Arbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region and a hub for U.S.
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military made an initial airdrop of meals and water to thousands of civilians threatened by militants on Thursday. The aircraft that made the drop safely exited the region after conducting a low level flight and staying over the area for 15 minutes. Three U.S. cargo aircraft delivered 72 bundles of supplies, including food and water, the Pentagon said. The aircraft were escorted by two FA-18 fighter attack jets. Innocent families face the prospect of “genocide,” Obama said, justifying U.S, military action that could eventually include airstrikes.