Obama: No Iraq res­cue; fur­ther air­drops un­likely

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said Thurs­day the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis atop a bar­ren hill in north­ern Iraq is over, elim­i­nat­ing the need for a risky U.S. res­cue mis­sion. But Iraqis else­where face a “dire” threat from an ad­vanc­ing Is­lamic army, he said.

Obama said the U. S. will work with other gov­ern­ments to pro­vide hu­man­i­tar­ian relief “wher­ever we have ca­pa­bil­i­ties” and can ef­fec­tively reach those in need, even as U. S. war­planes con­tinue a lim­ited, de­fen­sive cam­paign of airstrikes. Hun­dreds of thou­sands of Iraqis have been driven from their homes since June as the mil­i­tants seized swaths of ter­ri­tory in north­ern Iraq.

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