A displaced family from the minority Yezidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, waits for food while resting at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province August 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal)
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Far fewer refugees remain on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain and a U.S.-led rescue mission is far less likely, U.S. officials said.A team of U.S. military personnel assessed the situation and reported that only several thousand refuges are on the mountain and that they appear to be in relatively good condition, the Pentagon said in a statement Wednesday night. The U.S. troops and U.S. Agency for International Development staff who conducted the assessment on Sinjar -- fewer than 20 people overall -- did not engage in combat operations and all returned safely to Irbil by military air, Kirby said.It was the seventh U.S. delivery of food and water since the relief operation began last week.
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