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Obama Authorizes Targeted Air Strikes Against ISIL

The Obama administration said the air strikes were to fight ISIL's 'campaign of terror against innocents.'
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For the first time since December 2011, US President Barack Obama has authorized targeted air strikes against Al Qaeda-linked ISIL (Islamic State in the Levant) terrorists in Iraq.

“When we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre, then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye,” Obama told a news briefing Thursday. “Today, America is coming to help.”

However, White House spokesman later added a blunt clarification for reporters: “No combat boots on the ground.” The US would support Iraqi and Kurdish fighters in their efforts to beat back the Islamic State, but no American soldiers would pay the price in their stead.

Secretary of State John Kerry added that “ISIL’s campaign of terror against the innocent, including Yezedi and Christian minorities, and its grotesque and targeted acts of violence bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of genocide. For anyone who needed a wake-up call, this is it.”

It is not really clear how the Islamic State’s “campaign of terror against the innocent” in Iraq differs from Palestinian Arab terrorist rocket attacks raining down on southern and central Israel, and their stabbing and rock attacks against civilians on the roads and within Israeli communities.

U.S. military aircraft dropped humanitarian aid to Iraqi refugees who have been trapped in the north of the country for some time, officials said, including 16 bundles containing 5,300 gallons of fresh drinking water and 8,000 “meals ready-to-eat” or MREs, near Sinjar. Thousands are trapped on a mountaintop near Sinjar, Defense One reported, trying to flee the Islamic State terrorists.

The terror organization launched a coordinated attack spanning “hundreds of miles” in northern Iraq, administration officials said, leading to fears of “genocide.”

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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30 Responses to “Obama Authorizes Targeted Air Strikes Against ISIL”

  1. To little to late Obama just doesn’t want to kill his muzzie brothers.

  2. To little to late Obama just doesn’t want to kill his muzzie brothers.

  3. God bless America….

  4. Madre' Apel says:

    Oh no us might kill civilians. Maybe they have to be told they are doing war crimes

  5. Watch it aspirin factories

  6. Does this make him a war criminal?

  7. Luck Harry says:

    Evyone cn say their actions as right But it takes big heart to say the same for others too, an that big heart they are nt having currently..

  8. THAT’S BIG PROBLEM IF TERROR MAKE HOSTAGES ALL CIVILIANS IN REFUGE CAMP ANY BORDER HAVE IRAQUI PEOPLE RUN AWAY FROM INSIDE IRAQ

  9. Tan Yan Ke says:

    Obama terrorist

  10. Maybe idiots will refrain from calling Obama Muslim as he gives the okay to kill them to protect Christian Iraqis. But Jews…? Sorry, it’s oakay to kill Jews apparently. Maybe this will keep him out of Israel’s hair for a bit.

  11. Destroy the IslamoNazi’s

  12. Zvi Fink says:

    Ban Ki-Moon insists on proportionality so be sure to kill the right percentage of Americans.

  13. Remember Obama, no collateral damage.

  14. I hope he drops leaflets & calls everyone first, shows restraint after all practice what you preach.

  15. Yet he condemns Israel for doing the same?

  16. PH Yogev says:

    thank god someone is stepping in to help those poor people!!!!

  17. jahaha…but if America

  18. jahaha…but if America

  19. Thanks to “god”Obama finally wake up…

  20. Ina J Ina says:

    SO WHAT ABOUT CIVILIANS NOW??? OY ITS COLLATERAL DAMAGE

  21. Joy Nerella says:

    Pray for Israel and the Christians of Iraq

  22. Obi Sunny says:

    good morning obama!!!

  23. Ron Edelman says:

    gee… I hope they are sending leaflets and making phone calls to protect the innocent civilians! !!

  24. but, what if they inadvertently kills civilian, children and women as collateral damage? would the US not runs the risk of being summoned for a war crime? and who would pressure the US for an unconditional ceasefire now.???

  25. if American Kill Civlians the all World will hate them !!!

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