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White House Won't Confirm Reports Of Possible Emergency Airdrops In Iraq

(Washington, DC) -- White House spokesman Josh Earnest is not confirming reports that the U.S. military is considering making emergency airdrops to Iraqis who are trapped atop a mountain.
Thousands of Iraqis got stranded after fleeing a violent surge by ISIS militants in northwest Iraq. Earnest warned that a humanitarian catastrophe may be brewing and condemned the latest ISIS surge. The trapped Iraqis are in desperate need of food, water and medical supplies.

Earnest said the U.S. is actively consulting with Iraqi officials on the crisis. He insisted that he could not rule anything in or out. Pressed about possible U.S. airstrikes, Earnest said there can be no military solution to the situation in Iraq. He repeated a call to Iraq's leaders to take steps to create a more inclusive government. Meantime, Earnest said President Obama is getting regular briefings on Iraq from his national security staff.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says there are problems in Iraq with its people. Earnest says stranded Iraqis fled a violent surge by ISIS militants. Earnest says a humanitarian catastrophe may be brewing. Earnest says the trapped Iraqis are in desperate need of food, water and medical supplies. Earnest says the U.S. is actively consulting with Iraqi officials on the crisis. Earnest was pressed about possible air strikes in Iraq. Earnest says he could not rule anything in or out Play Clip

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