The White House says it is considering options to help provide humanitarian assistance to stranded Iraqis but has ruled out using American troops for combat. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama is weighing potential options to help provide humanitarian assistance to stranded Iraqis, but he has ruled out using American troops for combat, the White House said on Wednesday (August 13). 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. "What he has ruled out is reintroducing the U.S. forces in the combat on the ground in Iraq, but there is a variety of way in which we can support the safe removal of those people from the mountain," Rhodes said. The White House said the United States was working with its allies at setting up airlifts and safe land corridors to rescue people, including many from the Yazidi sect stranded on the arid heights of Mount Sinjar near the Syrian border. "We have also again provided over a hundred thousand meals, some 27,000 gallons of water, we will continue those air drops. The British have done a number of air drops and they continue to do that. We have had offers of assistance from France, Canada, Australia. So we are getting aid to the people who are out in the mountain. We also determine the best means to bring them to a safe place," Rhodes said.