(WASHINGTON POST) OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody.

Earlier today, I received an update from my team on two separate issues that I’ve been following closely: our ongoing operation in Iraq, and the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. With respect to Iraq, we continue to see important progress across different parts of our strategy to support the Iraqi government and combat the threat from the terrorist group, ISIL.

First, our military operations are effectively protecting our personnel and facilities in Iraq. Over the last 11 days, American air strikes have stopped the ISIL advance around the city of Erbil, and pushed back the terrorists.

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