WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack says the U.S. military will carry out limited military strikes if necessary against Islamic extremists threatening to kill thousands of religious minorities trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.
Obama says the U.S. has already started an airdrop of food, water and supplies to those trapped. The humanitarian supplies would go to assist the tens of thousands of Yazidis trapped without food and water.
The Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion with ties to Zoroastrianism, fled their homes after the Islamic State group issued an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious fine, flee their homes or face death.
There are American military trainers in the area now threatened by the group Islamic State.
Obama says the U.S. "can't turn a blind eye" against potential genocides. But he said the U.S. won't send combat troops to Iraq.