A top White House official said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama could consider sending U.S. ground troops to help in the rescue of thousands of minority Iraqis who have been trapped on a mountain by Islamic extremists.
The New York Times reported that Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser, said that the use of American ground troops could be one of the options presented to Obama to aid Iraqi forces in rescuing thousands of Yazidis, a minority religious community in Iraq. The Yazidis have been stranded on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq for more than a week after fleeing a nearby town and being surrounded by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which considers the Yazidis to be "devil worshippers."
Rhodes distinguished between using U.S. troops to fight ISIS, which has wreaked havoc in recent weeks and carved out a self-described caliphate in Iraq and Syria, and a humanitarian mission to help the Yazidis.
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