Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Obama: U.S. Has Broken Islamists’ Siege On Iraq Mountaintop

August 14, 2014 by  

Obama: U.S. Has Broken Islamists’ Siege On Iraq Mountaintop

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (MCT) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that U.S. forces have broken Islamic militants’ siege of Iraq’s Mt. Sinjar, and he declared the humanitarian mission to save thousands of refugees stranded on the barren mountain a success.

“We helped vulnerable people reach safety, and we helped saved many innocent lives,” Obama said, adding that it is “unlikely” that the U.S. would need to continue airdrops of humanitarian supplies on the mountain.

The Pentagon aborted planning for a rescue mission to remove Yazidi refugees who fled up the mountain to escape the forces of the al-Qaida breakaway group known as the Islamic State. When a team of special forces personnel landed in the area to assess the crisis, they found far fewer refugees and better conditions than previously thought, officials said, with many refugees having apparently made their way down the mountain safely.

Obama said Kurdish forces continue to help others find safety.

The president said he was proud of the “almost flawless” humanitarian mission. The Yazidi refugees faced a “terrible choice” between food and water or safety, he said, and “that’s when America came to help,” he said.

The president said the U.S. could conduct similar humanitarian missions in other parts of Iraq.

In ordering the intervention in Iraq last week, Obama said the mission was twofold — easing the developing humanitarian disaster at Mt. Sinjar and protecting U.S. diplomats and other personnel stationed in the Kurdish capital of Irbil. The president said the latter mission continues.

“We will continue airstrikes to protect our facilities and people in Iraq,” Obama said.

–Kathleen Hennessey
Tribune Washington Bureau


(c)2014 Tribune Co.

Visit Tribune Co. at

Distributed by MCT Information Services.


Operated jointly by the McClatchy Company and Tribune Company, MCT serves more than 1,200 media clients, online information services and information resellers across the globe. With 600-plus contributors worldwide, MCT has an exceptional variety of sources, providing detailed analyses, opinions and perspectives.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Obama: U.S. Has Broken Islamists’ Siege On Iraq Mountaintop”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.