Obama authorizes U.S. airstrikes in Iraq

|By:, SA News Editor

President Obama has authorized the U.S. military to make targeted airstrikes in Iraq, as ISIS, now known as Islamic State, advances further across northern Iraq toward the Kurdish capital Arbil.

"I will not allow the U.S. to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq, so even as we support Iraqis, American combat troops will not be returning to fight," says Obama.

The airstrikes would be the first carried out by the U.S. military in Iraq since the withdrawal of its forces at the end of 2011.