U.S. military aircraft bombed at least two targets in northern Iraq on the night of August 7 in response to the Muslim insurgents of the Islamic State who have surrounded tens of thousands of Christians and Yazidis who had fled to Kurdish controlled areas. Some Iraqi Yazidi people who fled their homes in Sinjar took shelter at Bajid Kandal refugee camp in Dohuk Province, while others remain trapped on Mount Sinjar where dozens of children have reportedly died of thirst. Approximately 40,000 people fled to the mountain in terror following threats from the Muslim army.
Kurdish television broadcasting from Erbil reported the air strikes, while officials said the bombings targeted combatants of the Islamic State who have seized several towns and forced Christians and Yazidis to flee. President Barack Obama is expected to make an announcement this evening. Iraqis refugees who heard the news of the air strikes signaled their approval by honking the horns of their vehicles.
Obama administration officials said today that Obama had been considering either airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine as a response to the crisis.