U.S. Considers Evacuating Refugees in Iraq

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by WCCB Charlotte

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. may rescue thousands attempting to escape ISIS in Iraq.  The White House is considering whether it's feasible to evacuate the 10,000 to 20,000 Iraqis hiding from the militants on a mountain.

About a dozen special forces spent 24 hours with the refugees to assess their needs, while 130 troops scouted the humanitarian crisis from the ground.

"We don't believe it is sustainable to just have, you know, permanent airdrops to this population there on the mountain," said Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.

The White House says President Obama is waiting on a final assessment before deciding his next step.

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