U.S. Officials: Iraq Mountaintop Siege Has Ended
Minorities in Iraq are making progress. Most of the Yazidi refugees trapped on Mount Sinjar by Islamic State fighters have escaped, thanks to U.S. airstrikes, which means a rescue operation may not be necessary. A U.S. military scouting mission found that far fewer people are stranded than initially thought, and they are well-provisioned. Attention now turns to whether Iraq’s Shiite-led government will learn to coexist with the minority Sunni population. Its incentive for doing so? Continued U.S. support against Islamist militants.