Obama also was briefed in Martha’s Vineyard by national security adviser Susan Rice and deputy Ben Rhodes on Iraq, Ukraine, and Gaza
WASHINGTON/EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – The United States is exploring options to evacuate thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped on a barren mountain in northern Iraq by Islamic militants, after four nights of humanitarian relief airdrops, U.S. officials said on Sunday.
While the airdrops appear to have provided urgently needed aid, the harsh conditions of the Sinjar mountain range in mid-summer have taken scores of lives among Iraq’s Yazidi minority, who are threatened by hardline militants from the Islamic State.
EDGARTOWN Mass (Reuters) – The United States views defiant comments from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as troubling but has seen no evidence of Iraqi forces mobilizing in an unusual way despite a tense climate in Baghdad, a U.S. official said on Sunday.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he had spoken to Iraq’s Kurdish President Fouad Masoum and his aides, who said reports of tanks surrounding the presidential compound were not true.
By Jeff Mason
OAK BLUFFS Mass. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave Americans an update on U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Saturday from a podium on the White House lawn with Marine One, the presidential helicopter, parked in the background.
Four hours later, he offered an altogether different tableau: a golf game with friends at a lush course on Martha’s Vineyard, the upscale Massachusetts island where the president and his family began a two-week vacation.