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US President Authorizes Airstrikes in Iraq

'We will protect American interests'

President Barack Obama says he's authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the critical city of Irbil. The U.S. has a consulate and a military operations centre there.

Obama, speaking from the White House, says the U.S. military has already started dropping food, water and supplies to thousands members of a religious minority trapped on a mountain top by the Sunni extremist group Islamic State.

Obama said the U.S. can't turn a blind eye to potential genocide. But he also said that the U.S. will not send combat forces into Iraq.

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  1. Mark posted on 08/08/2014 06:49 AM
    Good. For once Obama is showing strength. I say bomb the F out of those muslim freaks before they behead thousands. Why must some muslims be so intolerant is beyond me.
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