Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, take shelter in Mount Sinjar August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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President Barack Obama said Thursday that U.S. airstrikes had broken the siege of an Iraqi mountain sheltering civilian refugees and that troops conducting reconnaissance there would be withdrawn.Obama said that the United States would still carry out airstrikes along with stepping up military assistance to Iraqi government and Kurdish forces battling ISIS.Obama, however, said that he still saw a threat to Iraqis, including Christians and Muslims, from ISIS which has vowed to kill anyone who does not share the militants' hard-line beliefs.The relief of reaching relative safety was tempered by the spartan conditions of the camps hurriedly erected by the Iraqi Kurdish authorities.Obama also reiterated his call for an "inclusive" government, after throwing his support behind Haidar al-Abadi, who has been designated prime minister of Iraq and is seeking to form a government.US officials have accused incumbent Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki of ruling too divisively on behalf of the country's Shiite majority.
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