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President Obama Meets With National Security Council at White House

Image: President Barack Obama meets with the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 7
President Barack Obama meets with the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 7.Pete Souza / The White House

President Barack Obama meets with the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House on Thursday morning.

On Thursday evening the U.S. started an operation to drop humanitarian supplies of food and water to refugees trapped in northwest Iraq. U.S. aircraft were also in the air, ready to launch airstrikes in defense of the refugees and humanitarian resources, U.S. officials told NBC News.