President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Obama says he's authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the city of Erbil. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq

President Barack Obama Obama authorizes airdrops, airstrikes if necessary, in Iraq, adding no American combat troops will be sent back.