A reported 50,000 Kurdish Yezidis are currently stranded on Sinjar Mountain, having fled after militants captured the town of Sinjar on August 6. Local reports say that up to 70 people of the Yezidis faith have died on the mountain a result of dehydration and starvation. Credit: YouTube/ANF (Firat News Agency)
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told lawmakers on Thursday he has activated the agency's emergency operation center at the highest response level to fight the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Dr Thomas Frieden testified at an emergency hearing that the CDC has more than 200 staff members in Atlanta working on the outbreak, and will soon have more than 50 disease experts in West Africa. Frieden said he was "confident there will not be a large Ebola outbreak in the United States." However, he said it was possible that people who have traveled to West Africa might bring the virus back home with them, and even spread it to some healthcare workers and family members. The two are now being cared for at Emory University in Georgia.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering dropping humanitarian supplies by air to thousands of displaced religious minorities in northwestern Iraq who are under siege from Islamic militants, possibly in combination with U.S. airstrikes, according to U.S. defense officials and others familiar with the administration's thinking.