On August 7, 2014 U.S President Obama authorized two operations in the northern region of Iraq to support Iraqi governmet – and made clear that.. ” Even as we support Iraqis as they take the fight to these ISIL terrorists, American combat troops will not returning to fight in Iraq”.
The United States of America cannot turn a blind eye. We can act, carefully and responsibly, to prevent a potential act of genocide” he said.
The U.S. military has been undertaking limited airstrikes to help Iraqi forces. The United States is providing urgent assistance and arms to Iraqi forces in the region.
Some EU Member States, Britain and France, have also committed to joining the United States in providing humanitarian aid to Iraqi civilians who are suffering so much. More broadly, The United Nations in Iraq is working urgently to help respond to the needs of those Iraqis fleeing form areas under threat.
The humanitarian situation in Iraq remains deeply worrying and consequently this continues to be the priority. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced across the region and in need of aid supplies.
- International society is working to step up humanitarian deliveries in Iraq.
EU and its Member States are providing urgent humanitarian aid to the civilian population, together with other international partners, directly and through UN agencies and non-governmental organizations.
The first UK aid drop took place over Mounty Sinjar last night, joining the United States in parachuting in supplies. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabious visited Baghdad and Irbil to oversee the delivery of aid.
Moreover, Iraqi political leaders and decision-makers should appoint a Prime Minister who can lead an inclusive government, acceptable to all parts of their society.
This is vital to ensure that Iraqis themselves are able to co-ordinate the response across the country against ISIS, uniting all Iraqi communities against these evil terrorists. ISIS is a direct threat to global security and they are more powerful now than al-Qaeda was on 9/11. At this point, ISIS is more terrorist army then terrorist group.
“Some of these acts by Islamic State (IS) and other armed groups in Iraq may constitute crimes against humanity and must be investigated swiftly”; EU Statement August 10th 2014.