A former high ranking CIA official in Baghdad tells Newsweek that Turkish jets carried out airstrikes on Islamic State (I.S.) militants threatening Kurdish refugees–an assertion that Ankara denies.
The White House, meanwhile, said it had launched humanitarian air drops to the beleaguered Kurds trapped by advancing I.S. forces in the northern part of Iraq and was considering air strikes to fend off an expected assault.
U.S. forces were placed “on a hair trigger,” according to NBC News, with a twofold priority: to provide humanitarian relief for refugees from Islamic State aggression and to protect U.S. officials on the ground.
Obama said in the statement from the White House the U.S. military is authorized to launch targeted airstrikes if Islamist militants advance toward American personnel in northern Iraq. Declaring that “America is coming to help,” he also said that the U.S. decided to conduct the drops to the 50,000 or so religious minorities stranded on a mountaintop in the country’s north, who have been forced to flee their homes as the militants advanced.
Over at the Daily Kos, they don’t know what to think.
When I read what IS is doing, including the threat to forcibly clitorectomize the women of Mosul, I can’t help but think if ever there is real justification for the use of US military force, this is one such occasion. But then I think about how arrogantly and recklessly the US inflicts force on other people, and how it always seems – from SE Asia to the present – how bad the results are, I don’t know what to think.
One thing is for sure at the Daily Kos, however, Obama needs to talk.
Given enough hate, propaganda, bigotry, and racism all human beings are capable of massacres. All countries do it in wartime, especially in modern wars were the high-tech bombs are too powerful not to kill everyone in very wide areas. Has Obama, or any major Western leader tried to talk to ISIS?