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U.S. Weighs Military Rescue Mission for Yazidi Refugees
The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Updated 8:40 p.m. ET | Dion Nissenbaum

Posted on 08/12/2014 6:31:36 PM PDT by kristinn

The U.S. is weighing a military mission in Iraq to rescue thousands of Yazidi refugees, a move that risks putting American forces in direct confrontation with Sunni fighters for the Islamic State.

The proposal is still under development and hasn't been approved by President Barack Obama. U.S. officials said the rescue mission is one of many options the U.S. military is weighing after dropping food and water to dying refugees over the past six days.

"People are looking at ways to do something more than just drop water and supplies," one senior U.S. official said. "You can only do that for so long."

Since last week, the U.S. has sought to halt the militants' advance on the Kurdish city of Erbil and to relieve Yazidis trapped by the fighters on a barren mountain range through a campaign of airstrikes and aid drops.

A rescue mission could expose U.S. forces to direct fire from the militant group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and that is a risk Mr. Obama may not be willing to accept.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon continued to lay the groundwork for a rescue by sending another 130 military advisers to northern Iraq to develop options the Pentagon can present to the president. The team will be made up of U.S. Marines and members of American special operations forces who have expertise in difficult missions.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: christiangenocide; iraq; isil; isis; kurdistan; mountsinjar; obama; yazidi; yazidirescue; yazidis
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Tough call for the man who ended the war in Iraq. Some Yezidis have escaped the ISIS siege of Mount Sinjar but thousands remain stranded on the barren, hot mountain.

Presiding over a genocide while on a golf vacation at Martha's Vineyard will not look good for Obama's legacy.

Obama has gone from ignoring ISIS to sending advisors to Iraq to bombing ISIS to now looking at engaging ISIS on the ground to effect a humanitarian rescue of the Yezidis.

A rescue mission would involve ground forces to secure the landing zones and sort out who gets rescued first, screening for bomb-wearing infiltrators, recon missions on the ground and exposing aircraft to ground fire. Like I said, tough call for Obama.

1 posted on 08/12/2014 6:31:36 PM PDT by kristinn
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Why can’t they just airlift in a Marine company, and provide air support? Wouldn’t that work?


2 posted on 08/12/2014 6:33:50 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: kristinn

Why not give the peshmerga heavy weaponry and provide air support in exchange for them rescuing the Yezidis?


3 posted on 08/12/2014 6:37:43 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: kristinn
Presiding over a genocide while on a golf vacation at Martha's Vineyard will not look good for Obama's legacy.

Oh, he'll be OK.

His propagandists make Joe Goebbels and the Nazis's look like amateurs.

Plus, thanks to Universal Suffrage, the domestic communists can count on 47% of the vote no matter what happens.

4 posted on 08/12/2014 6:38:47 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: kristinn
Vietnam redux...
5 posted on 08/12/2014 6:40:05 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Amen
6 posted on 08/12/2014 6:46:15 PM PDT by doc1019
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From the New York Times:

The Pentagon has sent an additional 130 military advisers to northern Iraq to help plan the evacuation of thousands of displaced people trapped by Sunni militants on Mount Sinjar, Defense Department officials said Tuesday, raising the possibility that a larger American force may eventually be needed in the rescue attempt.

While military officials said the Pentagon planned to continue aid drops of food and water, United States officials said they believed that some type of ground force would be necessary to secure the passage of the stranded members of the Yazidi group. The military is drawing up plans for consideration by President Obama that could include American ground troops in what is expected to be an international effort to rescue the refugees, a senior administration official said.

Mr. Obama has insisted, most recently on Monday, that he will not send American ground troops back to Iraq. But as the Yazidi crisis has deteriorated, American officials say they have become increasingly convinced that a humanitarian corridor will have to be established soon, with troops on the ground to help ensure safe passage for the displaced.

“No decisions have been made as to the composition of such a force,” a senior administration official said.

SNIP

7 posted on 08/12/2014 6:48:05 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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It is almost to damn late!

‘We Left Hundreds Behind’: Inside the Helicopter Rescue of Iraq's Stranded Yazidis (Saigon 1975)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3192167/posts

8 posted on 08/12/2014 6:48:50 PM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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I say those 130 men are MORE boots on the ground.

Yet the media and Republicans continue to let this guys get away with the LIE.

We have nearly 500 on the ground that have been officially announced for embassy protection and this new mission.

That's not including the Specops there lighting up targets for the Navy Fighters...and other missions.

9 posted on 08/12/2014 6:59:27 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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Obama is a poster boy reason that Presidents should not be granted the right to make military decisions. I dislike how we’ve reached a point where we no longer have military men in the Presidency. We shouldn’t have to wait on Obama to do what we need to do to run our military.


10 posted on 08/12/2014 7:00:26 PM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: kristinn
Still no help for the Christians though.

Has the regime even mentioned them as of yet?

11 posted on 08/12/2014 7:04:51 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where? If not us then who?)
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THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD NOT BE DISCUSSING THIS OPENLY. DUH!!!!


12 posted on 08/12/2014 7:05:48 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Chgogal
It is almost to damn late!

Fox News report said as many as 70% of those left on the mountain (some have escaped into Syria) have died.

13 posted on 08/12/2014 7:10:28 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: CorporateStepsister

“We shouldn’t have to wait on Obama to do what we need to do to run our military.”

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I agree but, if we had a real, pro-military President in the WH, we would not be having these MANY issue and problems. The electorate was warned about Obama BEFORE he was elected. They did not listen. Elections have serious consequences. We knew this one would.


14 posted on 08/12/2014 7:13:22 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: CorporateStepsister

Former presidents delegated military decisions to 5-star generals didn’t they? I think Roosevelt gave Ike the right to make his own military decisions, of which I assume the president was kept aware. But of course total war is different than nibbling about the edges.


15 posted on 08/12/2014 7:14:53 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: kristinn

I thought there wasn’t an “American military solution” to this...


16 posted on 08/12/2014 7:18:51 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun Control means hitting where you're aiming!))
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To: kristinn

I have great pity for the plight of the Yazidis but if we are to put boots on the ground again, let it be to save the Christians who are being treated so kindly by goat sodomizing moon worshiping bastards.


17 posted on 08/12/2014 7:30:31 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: kristinn

Very interesting. Thanks for posting.


18 posted on 08/12/2014 7:31:10 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: CorporateStepsister
We shouldn’t have to wait on Obama to do what we need to do to run our military.

True, but it's worse than that, because he's purging the leadership ranks and introducing PC LGBT nonsense into the military at the same time he cuts its funding.

19 posted on 08/12/2014 7:37:27 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: kristinn

Obama says it was Iraq who caused him to pull out because they wouldn’t agree not to prosecute American soldiers. Has that changed? Hell no!


20 posted on 08/12/2014 7:37:47 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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