Obama says airstrikes to continue in Iraq

President Barack Obama speaks about developments in Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, from Chilmark, Mass., during his family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Obama is giving his approval to the appointment of a prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki and urging the formation of a new government in Iraq as soon as possible. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama speaks about developments in Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) – President Barack Obama says the U.S. has broken Islamic militants’ siege on Iraq’s Sinjar Mountain, but that airstrikes will continue.

Speaking Thursday at Martha’s Vineyard, Obama said U.S. operations helped thousands of civilians flee down the mountain, and that it’s unlikely that more airdrops of food and water will be needed.

The Islamic State group’s advance in Iraq has driven thousands of people from their homes.

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