Obama: No Timetable on Iraq Strikes and Airdrops

TIME

President Barack Obama said Saturday he doesn’t have an end date in mind for the end of American strikes targeting Islamic militants in Iraq or airdrops supporting stranded Iraqis fleeing those militants.

“I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks,” said Obama told reporters before departing Washington for a family vacation. “This is going to take some time.”

Obama said that U.S. strikes, which began Friday, have destroyed weapons that would have been used by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to continue its offensive into northern Iraq. He also announced that France and the United Kingdom have agreed to help provide humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees stranded on Mount Sinjar surrounded by ISIS fighters.

“We feel confident we can prevent ISIL from going up the mountain and slaughtering people who are there,” Obama said, adding that the next step will…

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