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Barack Obama Iraq ISIS

Iraq statement

12 Aug, 2014

From outside his vacation house in Chilmark, MA, Obama gives a statement (full text) on the latest developments in Iraq. He states that US forces have:

successfully conducted targeted airstrikes to prevent terrorist forces from advancing on the city of Erbil, and to protect American civilians there.

He also addressed the humanitarian efforts to help citizens that are stranded on Mount Sinjar without food or water and noted that the US has deployed a USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team to assst:

Some people have begun to escape their perch on that mountain, and we’re working with international partners to develop options to bring them to safety.