U.S. President Barack Obama said the Islamist militant siege of Iraq’s Mount Sinjar had been broken on Thursday and most U.S. military personnel sent to assess the situation would be pulled out of Iraq in coming days.
Mr. Obama told the reports that he did not expect the United States to have to stage an evacuation of the mountain, where thousands of members of the Yazidi religious minority had been trapped by militants, or to continue humanitarian airdrops.
U.S. President said, “We broke the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) siege of Mount Sinjar. We helped innocent people reach safety and we helped save many innocent lives. Because of these efforts we do not expect there to be an additional operation to evacuate people off the mountain and it’s unlikely that we are going to need to continue humanitarian airdrops on the mountain”.