President Obama approves military strikes
US Navy fighter aircraft and remotely piloted aircraft have started airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants threatening Iraqi Yazidis stranded on a mountain in northern Iraq. Aircraft commenced air strikes on August 9, initially on armored personnel carriers firing on Yezidi civilians near Sinjar. President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes on militants who threaten US personnel and facilities in Iraq. Humanitarian airdrops have also begun to the Iraqi Yazidis.