U.S. will use airstrikes to avert 'genocide' in Iraq, Obama says

August 8, 2014 1:56 AM

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President Obama, saying that he was acting to avert a threatened "genocide," announced that he had authorized airstrikes against Sunni militants who have advanced quickly across northern Iraq, driving tens of thousands of people out of their towns and villages.

In addition to the threat of airstrikes, Obama said U.S. cargo planes had dropped supplies to the refugees in the area of Mt. Sinjar, who he said faced the risk of imminent starvation.

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