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August 7th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

U.S. considers air strikes in Iraq

(CNN) - The United States is considering air strikes in Iraq in response to a militant surge in northern areas that has left minority groups trapped by fighting, a U.S. official told CNN.

The official said the possibility of such military action "has been something" the Obama administration "has been talking about for some time and the latest news just might meet the threshold for action."

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