Obama Considering Airstrikes on Sunni Militants in Iraq

(New York Times) Mark Landler and Eric Schmitt - President Obama is considering a targeted campaign of airstrikes against Sunni militants in Iraq similar to counterterrorism operations in Yemen, a senior administration official said Tuesday. Such a campaign, most likely using drones, would hinge on the gathering of adequate intelligence about the location of the militants. At a meeting with his national security advisers at the White House on Monday, the official said, Obama was presented with a "sliding scale" of military options. Given all the hurdles to effective military action, Obama is continuing to emphasize a political solution to the crisis, the official said. A senior official played down the extent of any coordination with Iran.

2014-06-18 00:00:00

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