Obama: Airstrikes destroyed ISIS weapons in Iraq

U.S. President Barack Obama says U.S. targeted airstrikes on ISIS took out weapons.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   Aug. 9, 2014 at 12:05 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday announced targeted airstrikes "successfully destroyed arms and equipment" held by ISIS in Iraq.

A series of airstrikes begun Thursday have targeted ISIS strongholds as Yazidi minorities flee the Sunni Islamic militants on Mount Sinjar.

"Wherever and whenever (U.S.) personnel are facilities are threatened, it is my obligation ... to make sure they're protected," Obama said, not giving a timetable for future attacks.

"I don't think we're going to solve this problem in weeks. I think this is going to take some time," he added.

Obama said ISIS was able to advance as quickly as it has because of a weakly functioning Iraqi government.

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