Obama considering Iraq airstrikes

Courtesy NBC News

U.S. officials tell NBC News there is serious consideration and planning underway for potential airdrops of food and water to thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain top in Northwest Iraq — and airstrikes against the militants who have trapped them there.

A new aggressive offensive by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) fighters forced the refugees to flee their homes and thousands, mostly women and children, are isolated high atop Mount Sinjar northwest of Mosul.

According to officials, the White House asked the Pentagon to come up with plans for a possible U.S. military action and airdrops of relief supplies to the stranded Iraqis.

Attempts by the Iraqi military to airdrop air supplies failed to provide sufficient relief for the refugees.


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