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Obama's Iraq aim: contain, not destroy, extremists

President Barack Obama listens during a phone call with Jordan's King Abdullah II Jordan, according to the White House, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain, not destroy, the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country’s northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian conflict, and whether airstrikes alone can stop the militants’ momentum.

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