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Obama: Airstrikes Have Destroyed Arms, Equipment

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US President Barack Obama delivers a statement before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on August 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke before traveling with his family to Martha's Vineyard, in Massachusetts, for their summer vacation. Obama said France and Britain will support US humanitarian effort in Iraq. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on August 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke before traveling with his family to Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts, for their summer vacation. Obama said France and Britain will support US humanitarian effort in Iraq. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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UPDATED: Aug. 9, 2014 11:01 a.m.

WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — President Barack Obama says U.S. airstrikes in Iraq have succeeded in destroying arms and equipment that could have been used against the Kurdish capital of Irbil.

He says humanitarian efforts continue to airdrop food and water to persecuted religious minorities stranded on a mountaintop, and he says planning is underway for how to get them down.

Obama wouldn’t give a timetable for how long the U.S. military involvement would last, saying it depends on Iraqi political efforts.

He says it won’t be weeks but will take some time.

Obama also says the advance of the Islamic State forces was more rapid than anticipated.

Obama made his comments on the South Lawn of the White House Saturday, just before boarding Marine One for his summer vacation in Massachusetts.

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