President Obama Authorizes Targeted Air Strikes in Iraq
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "I've directed our military to take targeted strikes against ISIL terrorist convoys, should they move toward the city. We intend to stay vigilant and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq."
With these words, President Obama has authorized U.S. air strikes on Iraq, but says the U.S. will not be getting into another war in Iraq. The President, speaking from the White House late Thursday night, says America cannot turn a blind eye to the senseless violence ISIL has launched.
The militants have seized much of northern and western Iraq. Today,the United States began a humanitarian air drop mission to help people trying to escape the violence. "This is important to us that we have all of the international community standing beside the government of Iraq in this really dangerous situation," said Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim, Iraqi Ambassador to the U.N.
Defense officials say air strikes would aim to protect the 90 U.S. advisers already in Iraq.