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Obama tells lawmakers Iraq strikes in US interest

Published on Aug 18, 2014 7:35 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama told Congress on Sunday that the "limited" airstrikes he has authorized on Iraq to retake its largest dam from militants protected US interests there.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the airstrikes supporting security forces were consistent with the War Powers Resolution, which requires congressional approval before the president can launch the country into war.

The strikes have been conducted since Friday at the request of the Iraqi government, according to Hayden.

Backed by the US warplanes, Iraqi Kurdish fighters retook Mosul dam earlier Sunday.

US President Barack Obama speaks on the situation in Iraq and in Ferguson, Missouri, at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on Aug 14, 2014. US President Barack Obama told Congress on Sunday that the "limited" airstrikes he has authorized on Iraq to retake its largest dam from militants protected US interests there. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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