Obama: US broke militants' siege on Iraq mountain
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. has broken Islamic militants' siege on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, but that airstrikes will continue.
Speaking Thursday at Martha's Vineyard, Obama said U.S. operations helped thousands of civilians flee down the mountain, and that it's unlikely that more airdrops of food and water will be needed.
The Islamic State group's advance in Iraq has driven thousands of people from their homes.
Two U.S. officials say that roughly 4,500 people remain atop northern Sinjar Mountain, and nearly half are herders who lived there before the siege and have no interest in being evacuated.
The officials said a U.S. team who spent Wednesday on the mountaintop reported numbers far smaller and circumstances less dire than feared.