Saturday, August 9, 2014

US Strikes on Iraq Will be 'Long Term Project'

Obama: US Strikes on Iraq Will be 'Long Term Project' to ensure "The Arms Industry in US continue to survive" 


The United States' renewed airstrikes in Iraq will likely be a "long term project," President Barack Obama told reporters on Saturday.
In remarks made following his weekly address before leaving for a two-week vacation on Martha's Vineyard, the President said, "I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks," adding, "This is going to be a long-term project."
The comments came one day after the Pentagon confirmed that the U.S. warplanes had dropped bombs on Iraq, targeting fighters affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) rebel group. According to reports, the U.S. military launched three rounds of airstrikes throughout the day on Friday.
During his weekly address, Obama reiterated his decision to conduct the attack in order to protect Iraqi civilians who had fled up a mountain away from the advancing rebel group. He also announced that, in addition to the airstrikes, U.S. troops conducted an additional drop of humanitarian aid to the roughly 40,000 civilians—Kurds mostly of the Yazidi faith—who remained stranded on Mount Sinjar near the country's Kurdistan border.

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