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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:12:53 +0000
(BAGHDAD) -- Americans are being evacuated from an air base in Iraq on Thursday as militants storm toward the area.
Several hundred contractors from the northern facility in Balad are being evacuated to Baghdad, a Defense official confirms. No U.S. military aircraft are being used for the procedure.
The group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, are threatening the city after claiming victories in surrounding territories. With a track record of mass beheadings, crucifixions, and executions, ISIS is too extreme even for al Qaeda.
"U.S. citizens...are being temporarily relocated by their companies due to security concerns in the area," U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.
The White House made it clear there will be no American boots on the ground. Instead, the Obama administration announced more assistance to displaced Iraqis. The $12.8 million in funding will help with essential food and water, along with humanitarian supplies.
The International Organization for Migration estimates that 500,000 have been displaced by violence in Mosul and surrounding areas as a result of violence in recent days. This adds to an additional 430,000 people forced out by fighting in Anbar, and the nearly one million from the war in Iraq.
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