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Iraq: US Plans Rescue Mission For Besieged Yazidi Refugees

by Wochit 1:11 mins

Iraq: US Plans Rescue Mission For Besieged Yazidi Refugees

by Wochit 1:11 mins

Officials in Washington said, the United States is exploring options to evacuate thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq by Islamic militants after four nights of humanitarian relief airdrops. At least half of the 40,000 people besieged by jihadists on Mount Sinjar had escaped by Sunday night, aided by Kurdish rebels who crossed from Syria to rescue them. But proposals for a mission to save the remaining thousands of Yazidi people underscore the limits of the airdrops, ordered last week by Barack Obama. Deputy US national security adviser Ben Rhodes told Reuters late on Sunday "We're reviewing options for removing the remaining civilians off the mountain," "Kurdish forces are helping, and we're talking to the (United Nations) and other international partners about how to bring them to a safe space."

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