The United States is considering airstrikes on groups of Islamists who have driven tens of thousands of Iraqis up the side of a mountain, where they are stuck without food and shelter. Meanwhile, airlifts of food are being organized to help the Yazidis, a group that the Islamists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) consider “pagan heretics.”
Some 200,000 of the group are said to have fled the town of Sinjar and surrounding villages and fled for the forests and the Turkish border. About 40,000 are said to be stranded on Mount Sinjar, exposed to the elements. The US said it was concerned that they would be subject to genocide.