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Humanitarian crisis easing in Iraq


IRAQ (ABC NEWS) --U.S. officials say the humanitarian crisis in Iraq is easing.

According to the Pentagon, airstrikes and airdrops have helped break the siege on Mt. Sinjar by Islamic militants.

Thousands of Iraqi civilians who had been trapped are now free. That means a rescue mission, which could have involved U.S. ground troops, has been put on hold.

"The role of U.S. forces is not one of re-entering combat on the ground. It's how to provide humanitarian assistance to this affected population" said Ben Rhoades, Deputy National Security Adviser.

On Wednesday, the U.S. sent more than 100 Marines and special forces to Northern Iraq to help ease the crisis.


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