Date
22 October 2017
People from the minority Yazidi sect flee after threats from Islamic militants in northern Iraq. The US is looking for ways to relieve the humanitarian crisis. Photo: Reuters
People from the minority Yazidi sect flee after threats from Islamic militants in northern Iraq. The US is looking for ways to relieve the humanitarian crisis. Photo: Reuters

US may send more military advisors to Iraq

Washington may send more military advisors to Iraq to help the nation deal with radical Islamist militants who have captured significant territory and are threatening religious minorities, Reuters reported Tuesday.

A decision to send at least 70 extra military personnel to Iraq is likely soon, though a final call is yet to be made, unidentified US officials were quoted as saying.

Since fighters from the self-styled Islamic State seized much of northwestern Iraq in June, the US has sent about 700 military personnel to protect US diplomats and take stock of Iraq’s military capacity.

Last week, American planes began conducting airstrikes on forces of the Islamic State as they tried to advance on Arbil, capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, the report noted.

US aircraft also began nightly drops of relief supplies to civilians, members of the Yazidi minority who have been trapped for over a week on barren Mount Sinjar after fleeing from the militants.

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