Crisis in Iraq: US response; 300K new refugees; vets disheartened

“Significant gains” made by extremist group in recent days “could pose a threat to American interests as well,” President Obama says at the White House before leaving for a 3-day trip to California.

Iraqis volunteer to fight insurgents
Hundreds of Iraqis volunteered to fight ISIL jihadists at a military center in Baghdad on Friday, three days after the government announced it will provide weapons to those ready to fight.

Iraq vets disheartened by insurgency
As the US considers new military action in Iraq to combat growing insurgency in the region, veterans from the war in Iraq express concern that their work in the country was for nothing.

UN: 300,000 new Iraqi refugees this week
The United Nations refugee agency says Iraq's refugee population has increased by almost 800-thousand this year. The agency says 300-thousand people fled for safety this week as militants seize control of large areas in northern Iraq.

Kerry: 'Range of options' discussed for Iraq
Secretary of State John Kerry says President Barack Obama held a special meeting on Iraq with US security officials, during which a range of options was discussed, "including military action."