Obama considering airstrikes in Iraq

The president is “actively considering American airstrikes” against militants in Iraq, a senior official told The New York Times

Airstrikes are only “one of several options” being weighed by the president, the official said. The strikes could be delivered either by unmanned drones or warplanes.

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has seized two major cities in northern Iraq this week, bringing them closer to Baghdad. 

The president said on Thursday that he didn't “rule out anything ... because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter.” 

However, the official said the president has made no decision on military action.