Late Saturday, the U.S. government stated that it had unleashed air strikes in Iraq to protect innocent civilians facing grave danger.
Many of the towns in Iraq, especially Amerli, have been taken under control forcefully by ISIS fighters.
Countries France, Australia and the U.K. participated in the operation as well.
CNN reports that the citizens of Amerli and surrounding areas are in dire distress.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Niva Pillay said the folks living here will not last much longer.
“Residents are enduring harsh living conditions with severe food and water shortages, and a complete absence of medical services — and there are fears of a possible imminent massacre.”
ISIS is trying to push a nomadic people called Turkmen Shiites into oblivion, believing they are a cause of violence in the area themselves.
ISIS is also blamed for recent kidnappings of about 300 Yazidi women and sold them into slavery or abused them amongst themselves.
Reports say these women may have been sold for about $1,000 individually.
Other Yazidis fled to mountains regions to avoid the deadly wrath of the ISIS. There, they live with little food and water.
According to Yahoo News, the U.S. will not be playing an active role in a counterattack with Iraq just yet, says Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.
“The operations will be limited in their scope and duration as necessary to address this emerging humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amerli. The US military will continue to assess the effectiveness of these operations and work with the Department of State, the US Agency for International Development, as well as international partners including the Government of Iraq, the United Nations, and non-government organizations to provide humanitarian assistance in Iraq as needed.”
According to President Obama’s press conference earlier this week, when people were far more interested in his new tan suit that they almost forgot what he even said, there is not real set plan no how to address the situation in Iraq.
“We don’t have a strategy.”
The comment came with a whirlwind of criticisms from all sides of the coin, especially from rightists. The president stated that he was not going to ask Congress to nudge on any decision until he has a full grasp of the situation at hand. Many blamed the president for being entirely too passive with the ISIS situation and not being better aware of serious international tensions.
While one can appreciate the president for not wanting to engage in a potential deadly and costly war, more attention should be given to the events at hand, particularly after the gruesome beheading of James Foley and the potential beheading of Steven Sotloff.