WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama authorizes targeted airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants, along with airdrops.
On President Barack Obama's order, the U.S. military airdropped food and water to thousands of Iraqis threatened by Islamic militants, the Pentagon said Thursday night.
The humanitarian assistance was dropped by U.S. aircraft near the town of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq, according to a senior defense official. That official, confirmed the mission had been completed, spoke only on condition of anonymity ahead of a White House announcement.
President Obama announced two operations in Iraq: targeted air strikes to protect U.S. personnel and humanitarian aid to stranded minorities.
President Obama says he has authorized air strikes against ISIS in Iraq, if they move on American interests
"America is coming to help" Iraqi civilians; but "American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq," President Obama said in statement to the nation.
Obama also added America is coming to help, but he "will not allow" the United States to be dragged into another war in Iraq.