Iraq: Thousands of Yazidis rescued, official says

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(CNN) – The U.. military carried a new series of airstrikes Sunday against ISIS targets Iraq, while some 20,000 Yazidi Iraqis had been trapped on Mount Sinjar were rescued and taken the Syrian-Iraqi .

Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights spokesman Kamil Amin told CNN that Kurdish forces were able break the by ISIS and help thousands of stranded Yazidis board trucks, which drove them the Syrian town of Hasaka near Iraq. They were then driven north along the Syrian-Iraqi Dohuk, a region Iraq’ Kurdish region.

Dohuk, the Kurdish government helped the refugees find shelter, Amin said.

The Yazidis are a target of ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State and was known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Yazidis are part of the world’ oldest monotheistic religious minorities. Their religion is considered a pre-Islamic sect that draws Christianity, Judaism and the ancient monotheistic religion of Zoroastrianism. [eap_ad_1] Before the rescue operation, there had been between 50,000 and 60,000 Yazidis stranded on the mountain, Amin said, and thousands remain.

Last week, President authorized targeted not only to protect Iraqi minorities ISIS’ murderous rampage, but also Americans stationed in the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil.

The U.S. continued its airstrikes Sunday, and within five hours it had struck five targets, including armed and a mortar position, U.S. Central Command said.

The strikes began at 9:15 a.m. local time (2:15 a.m. ET) Sunday, the military said.

Kurdish forces also recaptured towns ISIS, a senior Kurdish official said.