Iraq conflict: Obama vows to stop jihadist state

US President Barack Obama has said he will not allow Sunni Muslim jihadists to carve out a "caliphate", or Islamic state, straddling Syria and Iraq. The US has been carrying out air strikes on Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq. Mr Obama said there would be further air strikes if necessary but no US military operation on the ground. The UK has sent a plane to join the Americans in dropping relief to beleaguered religious refugees. A cargo plane left RAF Brize Norton in England carrying British humanitarian aid to Iraq, the BBC understands. US President Barack Obama: "When countless innocent people are facing a massacre… the US cannot just look away" IS, a…
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