CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) -- President Obama is giving his approval to the appointment of a prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki and urging the formation of a new government in Iraq as soon as possible.
In brief remarks delivered at his vacation spot in Martha's Vineyard, Obama said he and Vice President Joe Biden had spoken with Haider al-Ibadi, who was designated prime minister by the new president.
Obama also said the United States had successfully carried out targeted air strikes to support Kurdish fighters in their battle against Islamist extremists, and conducted humanitarian relief missions to aid thousands of stranded women and children on a mountain in Iraq.
He said the only lasting solution in Iraq is the formation of an inclusive government.
US sends food, water, other aid to Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. is continuing efforts to get food and water to tens of thousands of people who have been forced from their homes in Iraq.
U.S. Central Command said Monday that it had conducted a fifth airdrop of food and water for thousands of members of an Iraqi religious minority group known as Yazidis who have been trapped on a mountaintop in northwest Iraq by Sunni militants with the Islamic State group.
The command said U.S. military aircraft have delivered a total of more than 85,000 meals and more than 20,000 gallons of fresh drinking water to the displaced Yazidis.
U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah said Monday that the U.S. has also deployed a disaster response team to Iraq to help distribute humanitarian aid.