President Obama Interrupts Vacation For Statement On Iraq
CHILMARK (CBS/AP) — President Obama interrupted his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard to praise the appointment of a new prime minister in Iraq.
In brief remarks delivered at his vacation spot in Chilmark, Obama said he and Vice President Joe Biden had spoken with Haider al-Ibadi, who was designated prime minister by the new president.
Obama also said the United States had successfully carried out targeted air strikes to support Kurdish fighters in their battle against Islamist extremists, and conducted humanitarian relief missions to aid thousands of stranded women and children on a mountain in Iraq.
He said the only lasting solution in Iraq is the formation of an inclusive government.
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Obama made the remarks after spending much of the afternoon at a beach in Edgartown with his family.
On Monday night, President Obama delivered remarks at a Democratic fundraiser at a private residence on the island.
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