Pope Francis supports use of force to stop Islamic extremists from attacking religious minorities in Iraq

August 19, 2014 5:51 AM

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Pope Francis supports use of force to stop Islamic extremists from attacking religious minorities in Iraq

Francis also said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene. His comments on Monday represented a shift in the Vatican’s usually steadfast opposition to military force. Meanwhile, President Obama announced that Kurdish and Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, had recaptured the Mosul Dam.

Pope Francis on Monday blessed the use of force to stop the vicious Islamic radicals overrunning Iraq, but he said any intervention first must be backed by the international community.

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