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Obama Orders Action to Prevent Iraq Genocide

shriram | 8th August 2014 | Law And Justice
Obama Orders Action to Prevent Iraq Genocide

    The crisis in Iraq has escalated since IS seized control of the country's largest Christian city, Qaraqoush. The militants told its residents to leave, convert or die.
President Barack Obama said he had authorized US air strikes on Iraq and humanitarian supply drops to prevent a "genocide" by Islamist extremists against minorities.
The president said US warplanes could also target Islamic State militants if they advance on the city of Arbil, where the US has a diplomatic presence and advisors to Iraqi forces.
The Pentagon said a US C-17 and two C-130 aircraft escorted by two F/A-18s had dropped thousands of gallons of drinking water and 8,000 packaged meals to the thousands of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar.
Obama said in a situation like on Mount Sinjar -- where innocent people face possible "violence on a horrific scale," and where Iraq's government has asked for help -- "then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye."


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