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Aug 14, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 14, 2014

U.S. says rescue mission for Iraq’s Yazidis less likely after visit

By Arshad Mohammed and Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON/EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – A U.S. mission to evacuate Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by Sunni militant fighters is far less likely after a U.S. assessment team sent there on Wednesday found the humanitarian situation not as grave as expected, the Pentagon said.

A team of U.S. military and humanitarian aid personnel sent to Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq to assess the situation of thousand of members of the Yazidi religious minority found far fewer people than previously feared and in better condition than expected, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Aug 13, 2014

U.S. team lands on Iraqi mountain where Yazidis are trapped

By Arshad Mohammed and Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON/EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – A team of U.S. military and humanitarian aid personnel landed on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar early on Wednesday to assess how to evacuate thousands of civilians under siege from Sunni militant fighters, a U.S. official said.

The United States has not ruled out using American ground forces in an operation to extract the trapped civilians, but they will not engage in combat, the White House said.

Aug 13, 2014

U.S. forces may help evacuate trapped Yazidis in Iraq

By Jeff Mason

EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – The United States has not ruled out using American ground forces in an operation to extract thousands of desperate civilians trapped on a mountain by Islamist militants, but they will not engage in combat, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.

A team of 130 U.S. military personnel is in the Kurdistan capital of Arbil, urgently drawing up options ranging from creating a safe corridor to an airlift to rescue those besieged on Mount Sinjar for over a week, most of them members of the Yazidi religious minority.

Aug 13, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 13, 2014

White House says considering options for humanitarian aid in Iraq

By Jeff Mason

EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is considering options to help provide humanitarian assistance to stranded Iraqis but has ruled out using American troops for combat, the White House said on Wednesday.

White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, speaking to reporters in a briefing, declined to rule out the possibility of using U.S. forces on the ground in a humanitarian role.

Aug 13, 2014

Obama, Clinton to mingle on Martha’s Vineyard after foreign policy spat

By Jeff Mason

EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – They may or may not hug, but President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are rubbing shoulders on Wednesday at a party on Martha’s Vineyard after the former secretary of state criticized the foreign policy vision of her one-time boss.

Clinton called Obama on Tuesday to say that her comments to Jeffrey Goldberg, a writer for the Atlantic magazine, were not meant as an attack on the president. In the Atlantic interview, published earlier in August, Clinton described U.S. policy in Syria as a failure and said Obama’s doctrine of “‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle” for a great nation.

Aug 12, 2014

Obama to see Clinton after criticism of his foreign policy

By Jeff Mason

EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will have a reunion with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday on Martha’s Vineyard, days after the former top diplomat criticized the foreign policy vision of his administration.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, will attend a party hosted by Washington power broker Vernon Jordan, a Clinton friend, on the Massachusetts island, where the presidential family is spending a two-week vacation, a White House spokesman said.

    • About Jeff

      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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