US: Airstrikes Worked, Iraqi Rescue Not Needed
Military advisers find 'far fewer' Yazidis on mountain than expected
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2014 5:51 PM CDT
Updated Aug 14, 2014 12:34 AM CDT
Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community look for clothes to wear among items provided by a charity organization at the Nowruz camp, in Derike, Syria, Tuesday.   (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

(Newser) – It looks like the US won't have to launch a mass evacuation of Iraqis trapped on a mountain after all. A small team of American military personnel who spent 24 hours on Mount Sinjar said US airstrikes seem to have done the trick—most of the trapped Yazidis who wanted to flee to safety have done so, reports the New York Times. As a result, defense chief Chuck Hagel said a rescue mission is "far less likely now," reports the AP.

Exact numbers weren't available, but CNN quotes a Pentagon spokesman as saying that "far fewer" Yazidis were on the mountain than expected. He estimated "several thousand" but said many wanted to stay there because their homes are nearby. Earlier, the US deployed 130 troops to Iraq, and President Obama said he would be willing to use those troops as part of a rescue mission.

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peter
Aug 16, 2014 10:23 AM CDT
this is another Obama lie they are still being killed in the villages an on the mountains they have no trust of american they seen them run away before an leave a void .they learn from the past .give weapons to the kurds at least there boots will be on the ground
BillyB
Aug 14, 2014 1:17 PM CDT
They were slaughtering thousands one day and it's OK the next?
kawahchan
Aug 14, 2014 12:06 PM CDT
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Frankly, this Yazidis refugee calamities are stirred with 2008 Obama's and 2009-2013 Hillary Clinton's Iraq policy beginning from 2008 Democratic presidential campaigns and Robert M. Gates misleading the US military, then making worst. HOW the 2016 Republican RICK PERRY's White House to settle this Mount Sinjar disaster, we will copycat British Queen Elizabeth II leadership on '60s Red China's Communist political-refugees settlement program in Kowloon, Hong Kong to build the Resettlement Housing apartment-buildings, each refugee-family will move in an Unit. These ethnic Yazidis refugees will obtain Citizenship of Kurdish Independent State and US education by US PEACE CORPS and ROTC training programs in local Kurds.