Obama pledges $200 million in aid
President Obama pledged $200 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq Tuesday to help those displaced by ISIL militants, while making no mention of any further military support that the Iraqi prime minister came seeking at the White House. Obama made the financial commitment during an Oval Office meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The prime minister thanked the United States for its sacrifices in the effort to liberate Iraq and said their cooperation is pushing back terrorism. He said he and Obama discussed plans to liberate the ISIL strongholds in Anbar Province and the city of Mosul, after a successful campaign backed by U.S. airstrikes to push the militants out of Tikrit.