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President Obama authorizes "if necessary" airstrikes in Iraq

 
Posted Thursday, August 7th 2014 @ 10pm

President Obama authorized airstrikes "if necessary" against Islamic militants who have advanced into the Kurdish region of Iraq and seized the country's largest dam Thursday.

He announced that he's okayed "targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death."

More from CBS News here.

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