He also announced the use of airstrikes to protect humanitarian aid to mainly religious minorities who had moved to and become trapped in mountaintops. “We do whatever is necessary to protect our people. We support our allies when they’re in danger,” Obama said. “When we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre, then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye,” he added. Kurdish and Iraqi officials said the airstrikes had already taken place, though the Pentagon denied any attacks had started, The New York Times reported .
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The militants consider the Yazidis as apostates. Tens of thousands of refugees fled into the mountains, perhaps hoping to reach the Kurdish region in the north, but were trapped because of militant activity between the mountain and the Kurdish area, and are running short on food and water. The militants, who belong to a group called the Islamic State, have had a string of recent successes in the north. On Thursday militants attacked a string of Christian villages, worsening an already desperate humanitarian crisis and dealing a blow to the Kurdish forces defending the region. Lawmakers from both parties expressed general support for Obama’s new Iraq strategy. Two Republican senators — John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — issued a joint statement saying that the plans Obama discussed are fine, but do not go far enough to meet the “expansionist” threat posed by the rebels known as ISIS.
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He says the quasi-governmental postal service offers “three lanes” including regular, priority and express. He doesn’t understand why a comparable model on the Internet would be the end of the world. Related: Russia reveals what it’s really good at: Hacking On the issue of discouraging startups, he poses this question: “Is the entrepreneur in a garage working on a mobile app going to be deterred because Netflix ( NFLX ) is paying a lot more so it can deliver streaming on the Internet? I honestly don’t think so.” Consumer advocates and tech companies who support net neutrality will continue to face off with telecoms and cable companies who want to be able to charge for different speeds. Related: Is ‘Big Tech’ the next ‘Big Finance’?
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U.S. aircraft, escorted by fighter jets, dropped 5,300 gallons of fresh drinking water and 8,000 meals ready to eat. The aircraft were over the drop area for less than 15 minutes flying at a low altitude, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement. The emergency effort is being deployed to help a group of 40,000 Yazidis, a group of ethnic Kurds, who fled villages in northern Iraq under threat from ISIS. The Yazidis fled to the Sinjar Mountains, in a remote part of northern Iraq near the border of Syria, where they are stuck without food or water while ISIS forces are gathered at the base of the mountains.
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