Kurds want U.S. to drop water to refugees trapped by Islamic State

August 6, 2014 9:32 PM

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IRBIL, Iraq -- Desperate to reach tens of thousands of people who fled the Islamist militant takeover of the northern Iraqi city of Sinjar and are now trapped in rugged mountains outside the city, international aid officials and representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government on Wednesday called for the United States to mount a humanitarian mission to reach the beleaguered refugees.

With reports indicating that the displaced people were running out of water, a Kurdish security official said that the Iraqi air force lacked the resources needed to deliver enough supplies to ease the crisis. An Iraqi helicopter reportedly dropped some aid on Tuesday, he said, but it was unclear wh...

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