Obama authorizes air strikes in Iraq

U.S. President Barack Obama talks about the humanitarian relief situation in Iraq, at the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington August 7, 2014.        REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama talks about the humanitarian relief situation in Iraq, at the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

 

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he has authorized air strikes against Islamist militants in Iraq to protect American personnel and launched humanitarian assistance to prevent a genocide of members of a religious minority who have fled their homes.

 

The president, in remarks carried live over network television, said he has begun operations to assist Iraqis stranded on a mountain to escape the advancing forces of the Islamist State, which have swept across northern Iraq in recent weeks.

 

“When we face a situation like we do on that mountain, with innocent people facing the prospect of violence on a horrific scale, when we have a mandate to help in this case a request from the Iraqi government, and when we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre, then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye,” Obama said.

 

“We can act carefully and responsibly to prevent a potential act of genocide,” he said.

 

Obama said he had authorized the U.S. military to take targeted strikes against militants if they advanced toward the Kurdish capital of Arbil or threatened Americans anywhere in the country.

 

“We intend to stay vigilant and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq, including our consulate in Arbil and our embassy in Baghdad.” he said.

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1 thought on “Obama authorizes air strikes in Iraq

  1. In my opinion, this is too little too late. The time for action was a few years ago when the Arab Spring was just getting started. When our generals need just a few more men to finish the job and they were denied; NOW we are just sitting ducks. Unfortunately, the rebels will confiscate any humanitarian assistance we offer, if we even get the chance to deliver it. I agree we need to protect our personnel by safely removing them. Any US citizen be it military or not should ‘get out of Dodge’. We need to concentrate our efforts at home, build our house, protect our borders, our land. Our troops are too spread out to efficiently do any real progress on any front. We need to get our house in order before we can effectively help anyone else. I feel this will only add to the fuel of enhancing WW3. That being said, we Americans our a giving nation, a protector of the weak, yet without the blessing of the Lord our efforts will be in vain. Dear Lord, help these feeble attempts and protect and help our troops get safely home. In your precious name. Amen. Pray, Believe and stay faithful with God in front of us anything IS possible.. And that is the key! God Bless.

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