13/08/2014 17:22 BST | Updated 13/08/2014 22:37 BST

US Marines, Special Forces Land In Iraq To Evacuate Yazidi From Islamic State Militants

A MV-22 "Osprey" aircraft arrives at an airfield in Edgartown, Mass. on the island of Martha's Vineyard while flying in support of the Marine One helicopter carrying President Obama to the island, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

US military forces have landed in Iraq to help evacuate the 30,000 Yazidi Iraqis who remain trapped by surrounding Islamic State militants, according to reports.

On Wednesday, a deployment of 100 US Marines and Special Forces landed on Mount Sinjar, where the Yazidi have taken refuge since fleeing the nearby town last week, according to the Guardian,

A small number of US Special Forces, who were already on the ground helping the evacuation effort, have now been joined by a much larger group flown in on a V-22 Osprey, an aircraft that can land vertically in difficult terrain. Some British military specialists are reportedly also on the ground.

For the full Guardian report, go here.