ADL Commends President Obama’s Leadership in Authorizing Military Strikes in Iraq

New York, NY, August 8, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended President Obama for his resolve to prevent the advance of the terrorist group ISIL, which has made genocidal threats against tens of thousands who are members of religious minorities in Iraq.

“The events of the past months leave no doubt about the brutal and evil nature of the terrorist group ISIL,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “When militant extremists drive Christians, Yezidis and other minorities from their homes and force them to either convert or be killed, the moral imperative is clear. We commend the president for his action to protect these imperiled groups and to demonstrate that the United States will not stand by and will act to prevent these atrocities.”

In his statement last night addressing the current crisis in Iraq, President Obama indicated he had directed targeted U.S. military strikes against ISIL terrorist convoys should they move toward the city of Erbil, where American diplomats and civilians are based. The U.S. has also begun operations to help thousands of Iraqi Yezidi civilians stranded on a mountain without food or water and facing “almost certain death” in the area of Sinjar.

ISIL forces have called for the systematic destruction of the Yezidi people, the president said, adding, “We can act, carefully and responsibly, to prevent a potential act of genocide.”