The Pentagon declared that it sent an extra 130 military advisers to the northern Iraq region to help in the evacuation of the thousands displaced by Sunni militants on Mount Sinjar. A larger force may be eventually needed in the rescue attempt.
Officials in US believe that ground forces may b necessary in order to secure passage for Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar.
The US military is currently drawing up plans so that President Obama can analyze them. Some will include American ground troop involvement. In the meantime air drops of water and food continue.
President Obama did declare that he is not going to send American troops in Iraq. However, the Yazidi crisis is deteriorating and American officials are now convinced that humanitarian corridors have to be established fast.
The extra advisers are Special Operations forces and Marines according to a Defense Department official. He stated:
“These forces will not be engaged in a combat role. They will work closely with representatives from the US Department Of State and USAID to coordinate plans with international partners and nongovernment organizations committed to helping the Yazidi people.”
American cargo planes have been dropping water and food in the past 5 days but the situation is seen as dire since Kurdish helicopters are besieged by starving, desperate people that are suffering sunstroke and sever sunburns.