Thursday, August 14 2014, 04:56 PM EDT
President Obama Comments on Situation in Iraq
by ABC's Jonathan Karl
On Wednesday President Obama addressed military operations in Iraq, saying air strikes
against the terrorist group known as ISIL or ISIS in northern Iraq had
already saved many lives.
“Because of the skill and
professionalism of our military and the generosity of our people, we
broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar, we helped vulnerable people reach
safety and we helped save many innocent lives,” he said.
of the progress, the president said he did not expect there would be a
need for an additional military operation to evacuate Iraqi civilians
from Mount Sinjar.
But U.S. airstrikes will continue because even
as the situation on Mount Sinjar has been has improved, it remains dire
elsewhere in Iraq where ISIS remains in control, he said.