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Obama Authorizes Airstrikes Against Militants in Iraq

President Barack Obama says he has authorized U.S. military planes to carry out "targeted airstrikes" against Islamic extremists in northwestern Iraq. In a late night White House speech Thursday, President Obama said American planes have dropped emergency food and water supplies to Iraqis threatened by the extremists. Earlier, U.S. officials said the planes completed their humanitarian mission near the town of Sinjar and then safely exited the area. In his speech, Obama...

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