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Pentagon: Evacuation mission in Sinjar not likely


08-14-2014 10:32 BJT

The Pentagon says the US is not likely to launch a mission to evacuate Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by Sunni militant fighters. The announcement comes after a US assessment team sent there on Wednesday found the humanitarian situation not as grave as expected. 

The team of fewer than 20 members flew in darkness early in the morning to Mount Sinjar. Thousands of members of the Yazidi religious minority fled there to escape an advance by Islamic State fighters. The team says there are far fewer people than previously feared, and in better condition than expected. 

The Pentagon credits the better-than-expected situation on air drops of food and water, US airstrikes on Sunni militant targets, efforts of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, and the ability of thousands of Yazidis to evacuate the mountain in recent nights.

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