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President Obama Speaks on Missouri Unrest, Iraq Violence

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BREAKING: During this morning's press conference, the President stated there has been progress in the humanitarian effort to assist non-Muslims from genocide by ISIS in Iraq. 

President Obama says strikes on ISIS targets have aided refugees in their ability to flee the country and escape persecution. At this point, Obama says it is unlikely there will be a need to continue airdrops given those trapped on Mt. Sinjar are able to escape violence.  

On the situation in Missouri following the shooting of an unarmed teen, President Obama said we need to "take a step back" and called for peace and calm. He asked to remember that "we are all one American family."

The President also called for an independent investigation to get to the bottom of the shooting incident, asking that law enforcement maintain public safety without interfering with people's right to protest. 

He also touched on reports of journalists caught in the crossfire, stating "police should not be bullying journalists" on the ground in Missouri doing their job. President Obama took a moment to reflect on 18-year-old Michael Brown's death, noting his parents will not be able to hold them in their arms again. He closed by saying "now is the time for healing and peace." 
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