Date
25 September 2017
President Obama says Iraq needs a lot more help from the international community.  Photo: Reuters
President Obama says Iraq needs a lot more help from the international community. Photo: Reuters

Obama weighs military action in Iraq

United States President Barack Obama is studying possible airstrikes and other direct military assistance to Iraq as Sunni militants tighten their grip on major cities and prepare an assault on Baghdad.

Obama said Iraq is going to need more help from the US and the international community, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The White House is working around the clock to see how the US can provide the most effective assistance, Obama said from the Oval Office after a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Obama did not say what specific steps the US is considering after being asked by a reporter if drone strikes might on the table.

Also, the White House has no intention to send ground troops, according to BBC News.

“There will be some short-term immediate things that need to be done militarily. Our national security team is looking at all the options,” Obama was quoted as saying

This week, Iraq’s second largest city Mosul and the key northwestern town of Tikrit fell to the rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

The Sunni insurgents’ offensive in the past three days has sparked the biggest crisis Iraq has faced since it plunged into sectarian violence after the US-led invasion of the country in 2003.

On Thursday, Kurdish forces took control of a provincial capital in the oil-rich north.

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This image from a jihadist website shows militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant waving the Islamist flag after they seized an Iraqi army checkpoint. Photo: AFP


Kurdish forces mass on the outskirts of Kirkuk, one kilometer from areas controlled by Sunni Muslim jihadists. Photo: AFP


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