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

A MV-22
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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.