By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Aug. 8, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – President Obama is stepping up U.S. assistance in Iraq to protect Americans and help Iraqi forces against a terrorist takeover.
Obama issued an airstrike on Islamic militants nearing U.S. personnel and facilities in the Kurdish region of Iraq late Thursday night.
Pentagon officials confirmed that two U.S. fighter jets flew over the area and unleashed 500-pound laser-guided bombs on the militants, who are members of the extremist group ISIS.
Obama emphasized that while the U.S. is lending its support to Iraq in this conflict against ISIS, American forces are not returning to combat there.
“American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq, because there is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq,” he said. “The only lasting solution is reconciliation among Iraqi communities and stronger Iraqi security forces.”
Meanwhile, the estimated 900 Filipinos in Iraq remain a concern for the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.
Although most of the Filipinos are not near the area of conflict, the DFA is still urging OFWs to heed its alert level 2 warning in Kurdistan and level 4 warning in the rest of the country.