President Obama has finally decided to do something about the deteriorating situation in Iraq. According to the Washington Examiner, he is authorizing limited airstrikes in Iraq against the murderous Islamic terrorists who have displaced hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.
Any airstrikes, if they do occur at all, would not likely begin Thursday night, a U.S. official cautioned.
Obama said he has given the green-light to the Pentagon for the limited, targeted bombing if top military officials monitoring the shifting situation on the ground believe ISIS continues to pose a serious threat to people in the northern Kurdish-controlled region or if militants threaten U.S. servicemen and personnel in Irbil, according to a U.S. official.
Still, the president’s authorization of any airstrikes in Iraq is abrupt departure from his goal of preventing further U.S. military intervention in Iraq after ending the war there and removing all troops at the end of 2011. Obama was swept into office in 2008 in part because of his promises to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and limit U.S. military intervention abroad.
Irbil, a city of 1.5 million, is the capital of the Iraq’s Kurdish region and home to a U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, which has expanded rapidly in recent weeks as the U.S. considered whether to engage in war against ISIS after it seized control of nearly half of Iraq last month.
ISIS militants surged toward Irbil Thursday, sending thousands of Christians running for their lives and spurring the Obama administration to seriously consider airstrikes. (Read More)
The US also started dropping humanitarian relief supplies to the thousands of Yazidis who are stranded on a mountain after fleeing the terrorists.