UPDATE: Obama Authorizes Airstrikes in Iraq

Kinzinger reacts to Obama statement on Iraq

 

Ottawa, IL – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s announcement that he has authorized the United Stated military to perform targeted air strikes and provide humanitarian aid in Iraq:

“I am cautiously optimistic that President Obama is finally beginning to take the march of violent extremism in Iraq seriously,” said Kinzinger. “However, these announced actions will not turn the tide against ISIL. Unless the United States broadens our mission to include degradation of ISIL forces and supplies, this threat will only continue to grow and pose an even greater threat to our national security.”

Kinzinger is a U.S. Air Force veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, currently serving as a Major in the Air National Guard. He is a member of the Foreign Affairs and Energy and Commerce Committees.

 

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.


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