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President Obama Authorizes Humanitarian Airdrops in Iraq

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U.S. officials say President Barack Obama has approved sending humanitarian supplies by air to thousands of religious minorities in Iraq who are under siege from Islamic militants.
But the officials say Obama has not made a final decision on whether the relief mission will be accompanied by U.S. airstrikes. Obama could announce his decisions as early as Thursday night.

The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss matter by name ahead of the president.  

Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council is condemning attacks on minorities in Iraq and urging international support for the Iraqi government.
The council said that the attacks could constitute crimes against humanity and says that those responsible should be held accountable.
Britain's U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant read the statement Thursday after an emergency consultation requested by France following the advances of Islamic militants in Iraq.   (AP)
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