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Obama Authorizes 'Targeted' Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq

President Barack Obama authorized "targeted airstrikes" to protect U.S. interests in Iraq and airdrops of meals and water to refugees trapped on a mountaintop in northwest Iraq.<p>In a nationally televised address, Obama said Thursday night that he had long warned the Islamic State of Iraq and …

Middle East

Obama authorizes airstrikes against ISIS

Obama authorizes airstrikes

President Barack Obama said Thursday night he has authorized “targeted airstrikes” in northern Iraq and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to religious minorities trapped there by Sunni extremists.<p>“Several military aircraft” dropped the supplies to a group of Iraqis near the town of Sinjar, a …

Obama authorizes 'targeted airstrikes' in Iraq to counter militants

U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday that he's authorized "targeted airstrikes" in Iraq to protect American personnel and help Iraqi forces.<p>"We do whatever is necessary to protect our people," Obama said. "We support our allies when they're in danger."<p>A key concern for U.S. officials: dozens …

Text of President Obama’s statement on air strikes, airdrops in Iraq

Good evening. Today I authorized two operations in Iraq — targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death. Let me explain the actions we're …

Middle East

Islamic State Seizes More Iraqi Towns, Christians Flee

By Isabel Coles<p>ARBIL, Iraq, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Islamist militants surged across northern Iraq towards the capital of the Kurdish region on Thursday, sending tens of thousands of Christians fleeing for their lives, in an offensive that has alarmed the Baghdad government and world powers.<p>Reuters …