U.S. military drops food and water in Iraq

IRAQ (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The U.S. military has dropped food and water supplies to tens of thousands of Iraq religious minorities surrounded by militants in the northern part of the country.

President Obama says the humanitarian aid is to prevent a possible genocide.

Mr. Obama also has authorized U.S. airstrikes in the region if Islamic state militants advance on American troops in the northern city of Irbil and the U.S. Consulate there.