Two big oil companies evacuate workers from Iraq, as Obama conisders military action


POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 4:30pm

The United Statess may not be getting people out of Iraq, but some private companies are.

Two big oil companies are starting to get their people out of there, after Sunni militants attacked Iraq's biggest oil refinery.

So far the president has not authorized military action, but U.S. Navy planes and drones are flying over Iraq gathering surveillance.

The White House says President Obama is still considering whether to order air strikes.

"We are very intensely vetting each of the possibilities," said Secretary of State John Kerry.

Top Democrats and Republicans who met with the President Wednesday said afterward whatever he's considering won't need Congressional approval first.

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