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Top officer in Iraq: 'We must neutralize this enemy'

The advances of Islamic militants in Iraq are not an isolated problem but rather a "growing global challenge" that needs to be dealt with, the top American general in Iraq told Army Times.<p>"We must neutralize this enemy," Army Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek, chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, …

Obama announces airstrikes in Iraq

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 Air Strikes, Humanitarian Aid in Iraq

President Barack Obama said Thursday that he has authorized U.S. air strikes against militants in Iraq to prevent them from moving on the Kurdish …

Middle East

BuzzFeed News on Twitter: "From @AFP: Map showing towns in Iraq under the control of ISIS http://t.co/owQZHNdDSG"

Middle East

Obama authorises air strikes on Isis to help Iraqis besieged on mountain

‘We need to act, and act now’ says US president, as military carries out aid drops to Iraqis forced to flee by Islamist group<p>Barack Obama has authorised targeted air strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq, as the US military began an airborne operation to bring relief to thousands of minority …

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 …

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

Britain to help with aid airdrops to besieged Yazidi people in Iraq

Downing Street welcomes US air campaign to counter Islamist insurgents but says UK will not take part in military action<p>Britain will help drop aid to the besieged Yazidi people in northern Iraq, the defence secretary, Michael Fallon, has said after a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee in …

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 …

UK rules out Iraq military strikes

<b>British planes are to drop emergency aid supplies for Iraqi refugees living under threat from militants.</b><p>Members of the Yazidi community trapped on a mountainside will be among those to receive water, tents and lights.<p>The drops are part of an £8m package of aid announced by the UK government, …

Middle East

Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq - CNN Video

Who Are the Yazidi, and Why Is ISIS Targeting Them?

Most of the 40,000 refugees stranded this week atop Mount Sinjar near Mosul, Iraq, are women and children who are Christians and members of a small religious sect called the Yazidi. Who are the Yazidi, why have Iraq's militant rebels threatened them with execution if they don't convert to Islam, …

Yazidis