Time now for a look through the other international headlines we're following on this Friday. For that, we turn to our Eunice Kim, standing by at the NewsCenter. Good morning, Eunice. (Good morning, Mark.) International alarm is growing in Iraq as the Islamic State militants are making violent gains in that country?
That's right, Mark. The UN Security Council has issued a statement, condemning the brutal attacks by the jihadist militants that has triggered a mass exodus of tens of thousands of people fleeing to nearby mountains.
The U.S. has begun an emergency airdrop of food and water to the refugees as officials in Washington are considering military action that could include airstrikes. The White House said it was "gravely concerned" for a potential "humanitarian catastrophe".
The I-S militants have reportedly conquered Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian town after sweeping through other villages that are home to religious minorities, including the Yazidis. They were given the ultimatum to convert to their brand of Islam or face "death by the sword".
From the Vatican Pope Francis also called on world leaders to do much more to address the crisis.
IS militants had been making gains against Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq for weeks. It has also taken the country's largest dam in Mosul and in extension the country's major water and power resource.