With brutal insurgency threatening genocide in Iraq, Obama decided to take military action

  • by: JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 9, 2014 - 3:15 AM

WASHINGTON — For much of the summer, President Barack Obama had 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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