US Military Experts, Aircraft Arrive in Erbil

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that the military has sent 130 additional advisors to northern Iraq to plan the evacuation of refugees fleeing Islamic State IS/ISIS militants.USA Today quoted an unidentified Defense Department official as saying that marines and special operations forces were sent to Erbil to assess the humanitarian crisis in the Shingal mountains, where thousands of Kurdish Yezidis escaping IS militants are stuck.The American experts arrived amid greater European support to arm the Kurds, who have remained a bulwark against an IS advance in northern Iraq, but who are fighting a force equipped with advanced US weapons captured from Iraqi troops.

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