Published On: Fri, Aug 15th, 2014

Thousands rescued in Northern Iraq, Says USA

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President of USA Barack Obama has praised his troop for their recent operation in Northern Iraq that helped rescue thousands of people who were trapped there. According to President, the situation on Mount Sinjar has greatly improved and many of the displaced people have been rescued.

He said that US would continue carrying out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants. The militants are believed to have captured a very large area across Northern Iraq and Syria.

Mr Obama also announced that Iraqi and Kurdish forces who were fighting IS would continue to receive assistance from America.

The president asked the people to find a solution of the political crisis that the country is going through, and described the prospect of a new and inclusive government, led by Haider al-Abadi, as an “enormous opportunity”.

Mr Abadi has been asked by the by the Iraqi president to form a new government. However, the current Prime Minister, Nouri Maliki, whose coalition won the most seats in April’s election, has vowed to contest the move in court.

“He still has a challenging task in putting a government together, but we are modestly hopeful that the… situation is moving in the right direction,” Mr Obama said.

The political chaos has hampered the military advances of Iraqi force in dealing with the ISIS.

Earlier the French foreign ministers had expressed their deep concerns for people in Iraq and slammed president of US for continuing his holidays in the middle of Iraq Crisis . “I know it is the holiday period in our western countries,” Laurent Fabius told France Info Radio on Tuesday after returning from visiting refugees in Irbil, “but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.”

The White House responded to criticism by saying the president would return to the White House if there was any need for him to, adding: “it’s not a long flight back”.  Obama is due to make a brief return to Washington this weekend, before resuming his holiday.

The United Nations has declared its highest level of emergency in Iraq, where an estimated 1.2 million people have been internally displaced by ISIS jihadists.


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