The U.S. began launching airstrikes last week with the goal of halting the advance of the Islamic State across the country's north, and protecting tens of thousands of Yazidis, a religious minority who fled the area as militants began forcing people to convert to Islam or be killed.
The developments come a day after reports emerged that 80 Yazidis were massacred and dozens of women taken captive by the Islamic extremists after the militants took the village of Kocho, according to multiple media outlets citing Yazidi and Kurdish officials.
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