Barack Obama: Dramatic US bomb strikes destroy ISIS arms…Now ‘we work to stop genocide’

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US air strikes in Iraq have destroyed militant artillery which may have been used to target the Kurdish capital of Irbil, Barack Obama believes, as he vows to stop ‘genocide’.

By: Helen Barratt Published: Sat, August 9, 2014
Western nations are now trying to work out how to rescue displaced Yazidis who have fled the northern town of Sinjar into the area’s barren mountains – cutting themselves off from food, water and shelter.Aid has been dropped by US forces with more UK efforts to reach the area “imminently”. In a press conference at the White House in Washington, US President Barack Obama said work is being done to stop a “genocide” but it may take a “long time” to bring peace. He said: “We are confident we can stop ISIS going up a mountain and slaughtering the people there. “But the next step is how do we give safe passage to the people from the mountains and where do we put them.” He thanked David Cameron for his support in addressing “immediate needs” with aid air drops.
 These images were shot from fighter jets and drones which were dispatched yesterday [REUTERS]

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We will be pushing very hard to encourage Iraqis to get their government together. Until they do that it will be hard to get unity of effort that allows us to not only play defence but engage in offence

President Barack Obama

Mr Obama again stressed US troops would not be entering the country on the ground.He said: “Only Iraq can ensure the stability of their country. The US can’t do it for them.” Mr Obama wouldn’t commit to saying how long the peace-process was likely to take, but divulged it would take “a long time”. He added: “The most important timetable is the Iraq government getting formed and finalised. In the absence of an Iraqi government it’s hard to get a unified effort by Iraqis. Now we have a president and a speaker but we need to have a prime minister and a cabinet which will be able to reach out to all the people of Iraq and give confidence to Suni areas that ISIS isn’t the only game in town. “We will be pushing very hard to encourage Iraqis to get their government together. Until they do that it will be hard to get unity of effort that allows us to not only play defence but engage in offence.”
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He admitted the quick rise of ISIS caught the west off-guard adding “there’s no doubt” the rise had been “more rapid that the intelligence estimated”.He said funding for the efforts were currently coming from pre-determined budgets but if things escalated he may have to ask congress to fund work as it would “be a big mistake” for America to think the crisis can be sorted “on the cheap”. Meanwhile images have been released from fighter jets and drones revealing missiles exploding in an escalation which will spark retribution by the Islamic State, formerly ISIS. Commercial airlines have diverted their routes to avoid the war torn area after US warplanes took to the skies. The bomings came as the first aid finally reached families who fled to the Sinjar mountains after escaping IS action in their northern Iraq town. Many of the 50,000 displaced families were living in the barren area without food, water or shelter. Britain has sent a £8million emergency package which includes reusable filration containers, tents, and solar lights which can also recharge mobile phones.
UK aidUK aid finally arrived in war torn Iraq [GETTY]
 humanitarian aid being loaded onto a RAF Hercules C130 [AP]
£3million will go to charities and non-government organisations working with families on the ground, while £2.5million will go to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Another £500,000 will be used to ensure Kurdish and UN systems can co-ordinate properly.Islamic State militants have taken control of Mosul dam, the country’s largest, which means they can control water and electricity supply to a vast part of the country. Two F/A-18 jets dropped 500lb bombs on a piece of Islamic State (IS) artillery and the truck towing it yesterday. Britain has ruled out military action at this stage. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was expected to chair a meeting of the government’s Cobra committee this afternoon to assess the crisis. Following America’s airstrikes, Barak Obama ordered US airlines not to fly over Iraq following US airstrikes.
Yezidi children are seen in the Yezidis' most holy siteYezidi children are seen in the Yezidis’ most holy site [AP]
 Peshmerga forces stand guard against the Islamic State threat [AP]
Meanwhile Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Bahrain’s Gulf Air announced their decisions to divert flights away from Iraq after a similar move by Dubai-based Emirates, the Middle East’s largest carrier.Etihad said the decision was taken to avoid “conflict airspace,” while Gulf Air said it would re-route flights to Europe using “alternate, more secure flight paths” to avoid northern Iraq. Gulf Air said it is reviewing its Iraq operations on a daily basis but that flights to the country continue as normal for now. It added that it is “working closely with government and air traffic control authorities in Iraq to prepare for all eventualities.” Gulf Air runs three weekly flights to Baghdad and daily flights to Najaf, a key Shiite holy city and pilgrimage center. Turkish Airlines said it was changing its flight times to Irbil. The decisions come three weeks after a Malaysia Airlines plane with nearly 300 people on board was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

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  1. the americans they always creat thier own enemies and been fighted with thier own weapons like before in taliban war .think before u step in to ball of flame do not understimate othethier nations and mess thier livelihood like in Iraq,Libya,Sirya,and so many others.

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