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Obama clears airstrikes in Iraq

They’d hinge on threat to U.S. troops

Posted: August 8, 2014 at 3:26 a.m.

President Barack Obama turns to leave the podium after he spoke about the situation in Iraq in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Obama says he's authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the city of Erbil.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Thursday night that he authorized the U.S. military to launch targeted airstrikes if Islamic militants advance toward American personnel in northern Iraq.

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