Iraq: UN sounds alarm on humanitarian crisis

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi sect demonstrate at a border crossing with Syria in Dahuk province

The crisis in Iraq has caused more than a million Iraqis to be displaced, the UN estimates.

The UN has declared its highest level of emergency in Iraq as a humanitarian crisis follows the rapid advance by Islamic State militants in the north.

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Obama pledges $195M more in humanitarian and food aid to Syria


Aug 7, 2013: President Barack Obama waves from the door of Air Force One for his return to Washington, after a two-day swing through Southern California, at Los Angeles International Airport. (AP)


WASHINGTON –  President Barack Obama says the U.S. is providing an additional $195 million in humanitarian and food aid to Syria.

That means the U.S. has now sent more than $1 billion in humanitarian aid since the 2-year-old Syrian civil war started.

Obama is timing the new aid to coincide with Eid al-Fitr (ayd ahl-FIH’-tur), a holiday marking the end of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of fasting.

Obama says many Americans have celebrated Ramadan with Muslims. He says millions in Syria are displaced and that the U.S. wants to help.