IRC in the News
Thousands of desperate Iraqi Yazidis who have been trapped by Islamist extremists on a parched mountaintop for almost a week trekked Friday into Syrian territory, seeking refuge in another war-ravaged country.
American humanitarian aid in the meantime appears to be getting through. And judging by this crowd of people, it's very much in demand, both kinds of assistance boosting morale in the region. Now, all that said, however Erbil which has become a refuge for tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities remains practically under siege.
The U.S. launched a new airdrop Saturday to aid thousands of members of an Iraqi minority group who fled the advance of the Islamic State group, trying to stem a worsening humanitarian crisis in a country reeling from the extremist offensive.
Iraq's federal and Kurdish forces Saturday prepared their bid to reclaim lost ground as US jets pounded jihadist positions to pave the way and also dropped aid to stranded civilians.