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Obama Authorizes Targeted Airstrikes

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President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he has authorized targeted airstrikes and humanitarian aid in Iraq.

Obama said he aims to protect U.S. personnel and civilians with this decision.

"There is no decision that I take more seriously than the use of military force," Obama said.

"American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq," he added.

Earlier Thursday, the New York Times reported that American forces had begun conducting airstrikes against Iraq militants. The Pentagon denied the report, calling the story "completely false." The Times later walked back the report.

Below, earlier details from the Associated Press:

President Barack Obama huddled with his national security team Thursday morning to discuss the crisis as the Islamic State group made further gains. Airstrikes in particular would mark a significant shift in the U.S. strategy in Iraq, where the military fully withdrew in late 2011 after nearly a decade of war.

In recent days, the Islamic Group militants swept through villages in the north that are home to religious minorities including Christians and the Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion with ties to Zoroastrianism. Furthering their gains, the extremists seized Iraq's largest dam Thursday, placing them in control of enormous power and water resources and access to the river that runs through the heart of Baghdad.

While the White House did not publicly outline the range of options under consideration, officials said the U.S. strongly condemns the extremists' assault on minorities.

"The situation is nearing a humanitarian catastrophe," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. "We are gravely concerned for their health and safety."

Earnest singled out the plight of the Yazidis. Thousands fled their homes after the Islamic State group issued an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious fine, flee their homes or face death. Many of the Yazidis now are trapped on a mountain without food of water.

If Obama were to approve humanitarian assistance to the Yazidis and others, it could be delivered via air drops by the U.S. military. Airstrikes could be used to provide cover allowing the air drops to be made safely.

The military could also advise and assist the Iraqi air force on where and how to deliver humanitarian relief supplies.

The people familiar with the administration's thinking insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter by name.

Even as the White House weighed potential military options, Earnest said Obama would stand by his pledge to not put U.S. combat troops back on the ground in Iraq.

"There are no American military solutions to the problems in Iraq," he said.
Obama did dispatch hundreds of military personnel to Iraq earlier this year to provide additional security for the U.S. Embassy and to help train Iraqi security forces as they seek to push back the Islamic extremists. At the time, Obama ruled out airstrikes and other direct military intervention until Iraqi leaders addressed their troubled political system.

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Something had to be done. And as usual only the Americans has the balls to do it. It's about time these ISIS bastards get some.

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Something had to be done. And as usual only the Americans has the balls to do it. It's about time these ISIS bastards get some.
Yeah I know but damn I still hate it. The Kurds are getting their asses handed to them and they are definitely worth saving. The Shia in Iraq not so much. They are the reason why Isis has become so powerful in Iraq. The Kurds need to have their own country.

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Just wipe them out already.

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If they are not stopped, this wildfire will just spread beyond the middle east.
It's interesting to note how europe (EU aka The fourth reich under pacifist Germany) is shamefully silent to all this. Being an christian and all, living in northern europe i'm more than alarmed by this. And ashamed how blatantly weak we europeans have become. If ISIS would come here most would just roll over? Fuck that, i would rather die than being forced upon sharia laws...

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Time to get shit done, call the Americans

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Time to get shit done, call the Americans
You damn right. About time the Isis cowards meet some real opposition, then we'll see how they run like pussies.

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Sounds like he has been talking to Bush, lol.


But seriously; this sucks.

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Double post...

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Re: Obama Authorizes Targeted Airstrikes

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Sounds like he has been talking to Bush, lol.


But seriously; this sucks.
This was inevitable. Sad to say. The fire that have started in the Middle East can only be extinguished with blood....and with more blood. As it always have been. Have there ever been peace there? There is always someone fighting somebody. Anyway, the plague must must be contained at least.

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