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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take cover during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take cover during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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US bombs militants in Iraq as crisis worsens

 

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from a religious minority, according to an Iraqi official, while thousands of other civilians fled in fear.

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FULL TEXT: President Obama’s statement on airstrikes in Iraq

President Barack Obama's statement Thursday night on authorizing U.S. airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and airdrops of humanitarian aid for Iraqi religious minorities threatened by the extremists, as provided by the White House:

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Obama authorizes renewed airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq Thursday night, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. His announcement threated a renewal of U.S. military involvement in the country's long sectarian war.

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President Barack Obama hugs Stg. Maj. James McGruder as he arrives to speak at about the new veterans health bill, in Fort Belvoir, Va., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama hugs Stg. Maj. James McGruder as he arrives to speak at about the new veterans health bill, in Fort Belvoir, Va., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Boost for vets’ health: Obama signs new law

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) -- Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama.

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President Barack Obama during a recent press briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama during a recent press briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama mulls executive action on corporate tax dodges

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday.

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President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, discusses immigration reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington June 30, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, discusses immigration reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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Experts: President has broad powers on immigration policy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out.

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)
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House OKs bill to block Obama deportation relief

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans have passed legislation to shut down a program by President Barack Obama granting deportation relief to immigrants brought here illegally as kids.

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President Barack Obama during a recent press briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama during a recent press briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama says after 9-11, ‘We tortured some folks’

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States tortured al Qaida detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama said Friday, in some of his most expansive comments to date about a controversial set of CIA practices that he banned after taking office.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
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Obama, Putin discuss Ukraine, missile treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday that the United States remains deeply concerned that Russia is ramping up support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. He later conceded that pressure from recently imposed U.S. and European sanctions "hasn't resolved the problem yet."

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The presidential flag is readied in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, after it was announced that President Barack Obama will deliver a statement. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
The presidential flag is readied in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, after it was announced that President Barack Obama will deliver a statement. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Obama calls for release of Israeli soldier in Gaza

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration on Friday condemned violations of the internationally-brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and said the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier was a "barbaric" action.

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