Obama orders new airstrikes as ISIS continues its murderous campaign of terror.
American military forces conducted new airstrikes as ISIS militants killed at least 80 male members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority as well as kidnapping dozens of women and children. According to U.S. Central Command, “After receiving reports from Kurdish forces that ISIL terrorists were attacking civilians in the village of Kawju, located south of the village of Sinjar, U.S. aircraft identified and followed an ISIL armed vehicle to a roadside area south of Sinjar. At approximately 10:10 a.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft struck and destroyed two vehicles in the area.”
According to Fox News, residents in the village did not comply with ISIS’s demands to convert to Islam. “[Militants] arrived in vehicles and they started their killing this afternoon,” senior Kurdish official Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters.”We believe it’s because of their creed: convert or be killed.”
The recent targeting of the Yazidis and threat posed by ISIS to the Kurds forced America to conduct targeted airstrikes and humanitarian relief airdrops. The United Nations Security Council responded to this recent crisis in Iraq by aiming to curbing the money and arms flowing to the “new Al Qaeda”. The UN adopted a resolution targeted six people who are known as financiers and supporters of ISIS, by freezing their assets and banning them from traveling. While the resolution called for the use of economic sanctions and military force, if necessary, to ensure that ISIS militants “disarm and disband,” it stopped short of authorizing the immediate use of U.N.-sanctioned military action against ISIS.
Under the resolution, a team charged with monitoring the activities of ISIS has been ordered to investigate the extremist group’s resources, funding, recruitment, and report back with recommendations to the Security Council within 90 days.
The European Union held an emergency meeting Friday, to consider arming the Kurds. Late Friday they finally decided to ship arms to Iraqi Kurdish forces. However, most world leaders and diplomats are hoping that Iraq’s prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi will bring together Iraq’s ethnic and religious groups to fight ISIS. Late Thursday, Prime Minister Maliki officially gave up the fight to keep his job.
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