Iraq airstrikes, as announced on Twitter

August 8, 2014

President Obama announced last night that the United States had completed a humanitarian drop of food and water to thousands of members of a minority sect who are stranded on a remote mountaintop in northern Iraq and that he authorized limited U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the area.

Much of the runup to the announcement -- and the eventual news that air strikes had taken place -- was first announced on Twitter. Here is a look at what happened:

1. The New York Times reported Thursday afternoon that Kurds said the U.S. was bombing militants in Iraq. The Pentagon pushed back.

2. The White House announced via photo that President Obama met with his national security advisers hours earlier.

3. The White House announced that President Obama would deliver a statement on Iraq.

4. It tweeted out the most pertinent information.

5. The Pentagon said the military was ready should Obama order air strikes.

6. The Pentagon confirmed Friday morning on Twitter that air strikes had been carried out.

Katie Zezima covers the White House for Post Politics and The Fix.
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