20K Trapped Iraqis Rescued From Mountain
Yazidis aided by Kurdish rebels
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 10, 2014 5:29 PM CDT
Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at the camp of Bajid Kandala at Feeshkhabour town near the Syria-Iraq border, in Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.   (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

(Newser) – Today brought word from officials that militants in Iraq killed some 500 members of the Yazidi minority community, but much better news is also emerging: With tens of thousands of Yazidis trapped on a mountain by militants, about 20,000 of them have managed to flee within the past 24 hours, the Guardian reports. With help from Syrian Kurdish rebels and US airstrikes, the refugees traveled over a mountain range into Syria before arriving in Iraqi Kurdistan, the paper explains. They were greeted with supplies from Kurdish officials. But CNN reports via an Iraqi official that there were previously up to 60,000 Yazidis stuck on Mount Sinjar, leaving tens of thousands still trapped.

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peter
Aug 11, 2014 5:20 PM CDT
let them live in washington d.c. they have a ot of wasted space there.
DexterMuggs
Aug 11, 2014 7:58 AM CDT
I think it makes perfectly good sense that we keep up airstrikes until innocents at risk can be safely evacuated from the war zone. I don't think we should stay, I don't think we should try to force an outcome, and I think we should be careful of even leaving weapons behind. But since we can, I think it's only civilized to give them cover to help them escape a genocide.
Arthur Machado
Aug 10, 2014 9:26 PM CDT
A zillion people killed, a country we created collapsing and President Obama still denies he was working that day: President Obama at a pre golf press briefing this week - This issue keeps on coming up as if this was my decision,” Obama retorted when asked if he had any second thoughts, in light of the terrorist force taking over regions of Iraq, about having pulled all American troops out of the country. “The reason that we did not have a follow-on force in Iraq was because a majority of Iraqis did not want U.S. troops there and politically they could not pass the kind of laws that would be required to protect our troops in Iraq,” he said. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/385069/obama-not-my-decision-pull-troops-out-iraq-joel-gehrke President Obama - 10/21/2011 - “After taking office, I announced a new strategy that would end our combat mission in Iraq and remove all of our troops by the end of 2011,” he said. “So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year.” http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/21/remarks-president-ending-war-iraq