Iraq: Baghdad Asks For U.S. Airstrikes On Militants

June 18, 2014 | 1603 GMT
The Iraqi government has formally asked the United States to launch airstrikes against jihadist militants, BBC reported June 18. Iraqi forces have been fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in several provinces, and the United States has bolstered security for its embassy in Baghdad in light of the growing militant threat.