Back in Iraq? What You Need to Know

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  • Barack Obama
  • Iraqi citizens
  • Airdrop Plane
  • ISIL
  • Iraq
  • Obama and national security advisers
  • Iraq
  • Airstrikes
  • John Boehner
  • Lindsey Graham and John McCain
  • Erbil
  • Barack Obama
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  • American troops returning from Iraq
  • Kurds
  • Dick Durbin
  • Peter King
  • Hillary Clinton
  • James Foley
  • Chuck Hagel
  • Paul Ryan
  • Airstrikes
  • Barack Obama
  • Babara Lee
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  • Steven Sotloff
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  • Joe Biden
  • Iraq
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  • Biden, Obama and Boehner
  • John Boehner
  • Barbara Lee
  • Bennie Thompson
  • Tim Scott

What's Going On?

Obama on Aug. 7 announced at a prime-time press conference that he had authorized U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic militants in Iraq and airdrops of humanitarian aid for Iraqi religious minorities threatened by the extremists. The goal, he said, is to also protect U.S. interests in the Middle Eastern nation. "We intend to stay vigilant, and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq, including our consulate in Irbil and our embassy in Baghdad," the president said. "We're also providing urgent assistance to Iraqi government and Kurdish forces so they can more effectively wage the fight against ISIL."

(Photo: Khalid Mohammed/AP Photo)

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