By Patrick Schmidt.
Following the arrival of additional American military advisors to Iraq yesterday, the Defense Department reported that some of those troops had traveled to Sinjar Mountain.
After almost a week of airstrikes by American aircraft and a simultaneous offensive by Kurdish security forces, thousands Yazidis who were trapped on the mountain can now make their way down to safety.
An early assessment by some 20 US Green Berets (insignia pictured above) noted that the situation was not as bad as expected and that airdrops had significantly helped those on the mountain who had fled the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) militants.
Despite earlier indications of a possible rescue mission, American officials have announced that such a task would not be necessary at this time.
(Source: New York Times)