Obama Orders Airstrikes in Iraq

By ALEJANDRA PAULINO, age 12, and IndyKids Staff

PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons
PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons

In August 2014, President Obama became the fourth U.S. president in a row to order military action in Iraq. He authorized airstrikes against the militant group Islamic State (ISIS) to protect the U.S. personnel and religious minorities in the northern Kurdish region. While Obama originally claimed the airstrikes were necessary for humanitarian purposes, critics say that he is using this as an excuse to take military action in the region.

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