The U.S. military on Saturday continued to launch four airstrikes against forces of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq.
In a speech delivered at the White House, Obama concedes that US troop presence wouldn't have helped Iraq avoid the current situation, but would have risked more lives.
Four Palestinians were killed and 10 others injured as the conflict between Israel and the Gaza militants continued on Saturday morning, the second day after a 72-hour ceasefire expired.
US military aircraft conducted an airstrike on Friday against Islamic State artillery used against Kurdish forces defending the city of Erbil.
Gaza militants renewed rocket fire on Israel, after a three-day cease-fire expired on Friday and negotiations in Cairo on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock.
A 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip ended on Friday without reaching an agreement between Israel and Hamas-led militants in Gaza on a long-term truce.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes and are in urgent need of life-saving assistance due to the violence in Sinjar in northwest Iraq.
The Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip has led to a growing support of resistance in the West Bank, but of a different kind. Increasing numbers of Palestinians in the West Bank have declared war on the Israeli goods.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said on Thursday he was "appalled" by recent attacks on minority groups in northern Iraq, calling for international assistance to the affected population.
The Lebanese army early Thursday freed seven of its soldiers held by militants from Syria who overran a border town last week in the most serious spillover of fighting from the three-year-old war in the neighboring country.
At least 32 people were killed and 108 others injured in a wave of bombing attacks on Wednesday in Iraq's capital city of Baghdad.
Indirect Israeli-Palestinian negotiations over extending a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and ending a blockade of the battered territory got underway in Cairo on Wednesday, with both sides taking hard-line positions and much jockeying expected ahead.