WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he's authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the critical city of Irbil.
The U.S. has a consulate and a military operations center there.
Obama, speaking from the White House, says the U.S. military has already started dropping food, water and supplies to thousands members of a religious minority trapped on a mountain top by the Sunni extremist group Islamic State.
Obama said the U.S. can't turn a blind eye to potential genocide. But he also said that the U.S. will not send combat forces into Iraq.
UN council condemns minority attacks in Iraq
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is condemning attacks on minorities in Iraq and urging international support for the Iraqi government.
The council said that the attacks could constitute crimes against humanity and says that those responsible should be held accountable.
Britain's U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant read the statement Thursday after an emergency consultation requested by France following the advances of Islamic militants in Iraq.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he's authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the city of Erbil.
Obama says American combat troops will not be sent back to Iraq.