Obama considering bombing Islamic State militants to avoid ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Iraq, officials say


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President Barack Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst on a mountaintop after death threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, administration officials said Thursday.

The president, in meetings with his national security team at the White House on Thursday morning, has been weighing a series of options ranging from dropping humanitarian supplies on Mount Sinjar to military strikes on the fighters from the Islamic State now at the base of the mountain, a senior administration official said.

“There could be a humanitarian catastrophe there,” a second administration official said, adding that a decision from Obama was expected “imminently – this could be a fast-moving train.”

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