U.S. ground missions in Iraq still not likely

|By:, SA News Editor

The U.S will likely not evacuate the Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by Islamic State fighters, says the Pentagon, after an assessment team found a tolerable humanitarian situation and that most refugees had escaped.

The U.N. estimates that about 400,000 refugees have fled the Dohuk region, including Yazidis, Christians and other minorities.

U.S. forces have also been busy arming Kurdish Peshmerga in order to repel Islamist insurgents who threaten Iraqi Kurdistan's entire border.