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US President Barack Obama mulls airstrikes to help trapped religious minorities in Iraq

Thursday, 7 August 2014 - 10:13pm IST | Place: Washington | Agency: Reuters

US President Barack Obama is considering airstrikes and emergency relief airdrops to help 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who are trapped on a mountaintop after threats by Islamic militants, the New York
Times reported on Thursday.

Obama has been looking at a range of options, from dropping humanitarian supplies on Mount Sinjar to military strikes on fighters from the Islamic State who are at the base of the mountain, a senior administration official told the newspaper.

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