Foreign policy crisis intrude on Obama vacations

JULIE PACE
Associated Press
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President Barack Obama, center, and golf partner Robert Wolf, right, walk toward a green while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama on Saturday left Washington for his familiar spot on Martha's Vineyard for a two-week summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning to speak about the latest political developments in Iraq later this afternoon.

The White House said he would begin speaking at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The crisis in Iraq comes as Obama is vacationing on Martha's Vineyard. He was already expected to address the situation in Iraq during a Democratic fundraiser on the island Monday night.

The U.S. military launched airstrikes against militant targets in Iraq for the fourth day in a row. Also, Iraq's new president has announced a new nominee for prime minister — a move that marked a snub for incumbent Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee).