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20,000 Iraqis Besieged By Isis Escape From Mountain After US Air Strikes

Society & Culture  (tags: Iraq, jihadists, Iraqis, Yazidis, refugees, Mount Sinjar )

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At least 20,000 Iraqi civilians who were besieged by jihadists on a mountain have managed to flee after US air raids on Islamic State (Isis) forces, officials have said


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Lone F (58)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 3:07 pm
Thanks for sharing, Beatrice!

Gillian M (218)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 3:52 pm
At least 20,000 Iraqi civilians who were besieged by jihadists on a mountain have managed to flee after US air raids on Islamic State (Isis) forces, officials have said.

Shawkat Barbahari, an official from the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, said 30,000 people had escaped to Syria and then been escorted back into Iraqi Kurdistan by Kurdish forces. A spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Iraq said officials had been reporting to the UN that 15,000 to 20,000 people had escaped the siege. Fears had been growing for the civilians, mostly Kurds of the Yazidi faith, trapped on Mount Sinjar in north-west Iraq in the searing summer heat with little to eat or drink.

The breakthrough coincided with US air raids on Isis fighters in the Sinjar area on Saturday. Barack Obama, who sanctioned the air strikes on Friday, has said the US is in it for the long-haul, warning "this is going to take some time".

Barbahari, who is in charge of the Fishkhabur crossing with Syria, told AFP: "The Kurdish peshmerga forces have succeeded in making 30,000 Yazidis who fled Mount Sinjar, most of them women and children, cross into Syria and return to Kurdistan. Most of them crossed yesterday and today, this operation is ongoing and we really don't know how many are still up there on the mountain."

Iraqi MP Vian Dakhil, who is from the Yazidi minority, said 20,000 to 30,000 had managed to flee the mountain they ran to a week ago when militants overran the Sinjar region and were now in Iraqi Kurdistan. "The passage isn't 100% safe," she said. "There is still a risk."

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Stan B (123)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 5:19 pm
They were rescued by Kurdish forces which the Iraqi government refused to give weapons to. It looks like some European countries are about to send them what they need to sort out the Jihadist murderers.

Jay S (116)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 10:40 pm
Hard to believe Obama would turn on his Muslim Brotherhood brothers who he has supported with US taxpayer money and in every way possible to establish Islamic rule in country after country even against the wishes of the people and liberals.

It is good news but why isn't doing anything for the huge number of Christians being ethnically cleansed by his Islamist buddies across the Muslim occupied lands? He called it "ethnic tensions". What a Quisling jerk.

ALLEN G (19)
Monday August 11, 2014, 3:35 am

Past Member (0)
Monday August 11, 2014, 7:00 pm
noted thanks

Shirley S (187)
Monday August 11, 2014, 8:33 pm
What a MESS!

Hilary S (65)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 3:13 am
some places on this planet are like weeping sores, where human suffering is too great for us to imagine it. so we don't. these stories of suffering refugees, the remnants of communities terrorised and slaughtered by islamic terror, tell us that there are wars we are unable to stop in our time of 'peace'.

Vlasta M (7)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 7:00 am
The IUSIS guys are just fiollowing Mohamed's instruction in Koran ( Since Muslims is higher than most other people, with each new child who is forced toi memorize the inance murderous passages of Koran, there is another potential terorrist, who wants to die (while killing Kuffir)for Allah, to get a fast ticket to Muslim Paradies with 72 virgins and 12 prepubescent bosy "to do with them what theypleaes"..

As for Obama turning on his Muslim brothers, ISIS< whom he gave US taxpayerrs money in Syria, one should keep in mind taht Muslims often turn to each other, when they have no Jews and Chxristians to kill...So OBama turning to those ISIS terrorists is not surprising. he is to score some points with naive people who got him into the White house ;-)!
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