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Obama authorises air strike on Iraq; US army to indulge in targeted air strikes

DailyBhaskar | Last Modified - Aug 08, 2014, 03:30 PM IST

President Barack Obama announced on Thursday night that he has authorized the US army to embark on targeted airstrikes if needed to protect Americans from Islamic militants in northern Iraq.
  • Obama authorises air strike on Iraq; US army to indulge in targeted air strikes
    Obama authorises air strike on Iraq; US army to indulge in targeted air strikes
    New Delhi: President Barack Obama announced on Thursday night that he has authorized the US army to embark on targeted airstrikes if needed to protect Americans from Islamic militants in northern Iraq.
    This has threatened to revive and escalate US’s involvement in the country's long sectarian war.
    According to reports, he said that the US military had carried out airdrops of humanitarian aid to Iraqi religious minorities under siege by the extremists.

    "Today America is coming to help," he said in a late-night statement from the White House.
    Even though the US withdrew its troops in 2011, this announcement only reflected the deepest American engagement in Iraq.

    Obama was quoted as saying that the humanitarian airdrops were made at the request of the Iraqi government.
    Additionally, the White House tweeted a picture of the President meeting with his national security team.
    (Image: AFP)
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