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Massacre fears fuel airstrikes

Obama stirred by talk of ‘genocide’ in Iraq, reports say

Posted: August 10, 2014 at 3:30 a.m.

In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington. As Obama makes the case for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, hes drawing on a use of force doctrine he outlined less than three months ago, when the potential for deploying the military overseas appeared to be something he was trying to avoid.

For much of the summer, President Barack Obama watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn't until Thursday, when Obama learned that genocide could be imminent, that the president decided the U.S. military had to act.

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