Obama said American military planes already had carried out airdrops of humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Iraqi religious minorities surrounded by militants and desperately in need of food and water. (AP/Damian Dovarganes, File)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his deep concern Friday about the situation in Iraq and welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to authorise air strikes against extremists.But a spokesman for Cameron's Downing Street office said Britain, which joined the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, was not planning its own military intervention. Cameron said he was especially concerned for members of the minority Yazidi community who fled Sunni extremist fighters and are now trapped on Mount Sinjar.On Thursday, Obama ordered U.S. warplanes back into the skies over Iraq to drop food to refugees and if necessary launch airstrikes to halt what he said was a potential "genocide".
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