Official: U.S. humanitarian air drop missions start in Iraq

August 7, 2014 7:10 PM

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"An effort has begun" on humanitarian air drops over northern Iraq, a senior U.S. official told CNN on Thursday. Fighter jets are involved in the effort for the purpose of protection, the source said.

(CNN) -- An emerging humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq, with minority groups facing possible slaughter by Sunni Muslim extremists, has President Barack Obama considering airstrikes and air drops to help get them aid.

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