Fox News reports that the Pentagon says that when there were boots on the ground on Mount Sanjar, they discovered that there are far fewer Yazidis than they initially thought, so maybe they don’t need to be rescued;
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said late Wednesday that a team of military personnel had “assessed that there are far fewer Yazidis there than previously feared” and those who remain are “in better condition than previously believed and continue to have access to the food and water we dropped.”
As a result, Kirby said, officials had “determined that an evacuation mission is far less likely.”
Jennifer Griffin, on the Fox News broadcast channel said that the Pentagon’s big problem was that the folks in Iraq didn’t know where they could put the Yazidis once they rescued them. I have trouble believing that those folks on Mount Sanjar were facing death a few hours ago and now suddenly, they’re fine. Maybe if the President spends some more time on vacation, all of the world’s problems will resolve themselves.
US officials suggested that air-strikes in the region had created an escape route for thousands, who had managed to leave the mountain over the past few nights, helped by Kurdish fighters.
Meanwhile, according to al Jazeera, the united nations has declared a state of emergency in Iraq because of 400,000 refugees and fighting has erupted today in Fallujah, once again.
Fighting erupted early on Thursday in the rebel-held city of Fallujah, about 65km west of Baghdad.
The clashes on the city’s northern outskirts killed four children, along with a woman and at least 10 fighters, said Fallujah hospital director Ahmed Shami. Fallujah has been in the hands of the Islamic State since early January, when the group seized much of Western Anbar province along with parts of the provincial capital of Ramadi.
The fighting came as the UN declared the situation in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency” – a development that will trigger additional goods, funds and assets to respond to the needs of the displaced, said UN special representative Nickolay Mladenov, pointing to the “scale and complexity of the current humanitarian catastrophe.”
So, the UN is on the job. We can all relax now.