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Friday, August 8, 2014

Political Ramifications Of America’s Return To Iraq

President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., August 7, 2014. Obama said he authorized air strikes and relief supply drops in Iraq to prevent 'genocide' by Islamist extremists against minorities. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., August 7, 2014. Obama said he authorized air strikes and relief supply drops in Iraq to prevent ‘genocide’ by Islamist extremists against minorities. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

On the day after President Obama said he had authorized military action to protect the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, the Pentagon says U.S. jets dropped bombs on militants who were towing artillery.

The U.S. has also launched a humanitarian mission to aid thousands of Iraqis, members of religious minorities, who fled their home under the threat of the Sunni-led group the Islamic State, also called ISIS or ISIL.

NPR’s Ron Elving joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the political ramifications.

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