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President Obama announced Thursday that U.S.-led airstrikes have broken the siege by Islamic militants against religious minorities who were trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq, saying he expects that mission to wind down but plans to authorize additional humanitarian missions elsewhere in the region.

The president also said “we will continue airstrikes” where necessary to protect American personnel in Iraq.

“The situation on the mountain has greatly improved,” Obama said, in brief remarks from Martha’s Vineyard, where his family is on vacation. “We broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar. We helped vulnerable people reach safety.”

The development comes one week after Obama first authorized airstrikes and aid drops to help the thousands of Yazidi refugees trapped on the mountain, driven out by militants with the Islamic State — also known as ISIS, or ISIL. Obama said U.S. forces delivered more than 114,000 meals and 35,000 gallons of water. Together with airstrikes and efforts by international partners and Kurdish security forces, Obama said thousands of people already have been able to evacuate. Those still there, he said, continue to leave.

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