American Military Takes Action in Iraq

The American military was back in action above Iraq Saturday. They were conducting air strikes and dropping more humanitarian supplies.

The US military announced Saturday night that war planes conducted four more airstrikes against Islamic militants.

Earlier in the day- the US made a second humanitarian air drop of food and water to thousands of Iraqis who are trapped in the mountains of Northern Iraq by the militants known as both ISIS and ISIL.

Kurdish television showed Kurdish forces delivering additional aid to the stranded Yazidi Kurds.

They're members of a religious minority group under attack by the extremists.

A small number of the refugees were able to scramble aboard the plane as it took off.

Some cried- overwhelmed by their ordeal. President Barack Obama addressed the crisis before leaving for a two week vacation on Martha's Vineyard.

"We feel confident that we can prevent ISIL from going up a mountain and slaughtering the people who are there," says the President.

The President also said an international effort is underway to figure out how to rescue the thousands of stranded Kurds.

The US launched airstrikes on Friday against the insurgents near the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Irbil (Ir-beel).

"I don't think we're going to solve this problem in weeks, if that's what you mean. I think this is going to take some time, " says Obama.

The President called the military campaign a long-term project, but has promised that combat troops won't join the fight.


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