The Obama Administration had been openly considering direct military action in Iraq for quite some time now, and officials are saying that the latest ISIS moves in Nineveh Province, taking the Yazidi homeland, finally “might meet the threshold for action.”
Tens of thousands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority have fled into the mountains near their homeland since the ISIS invasion, and found themselves trapped. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is pushing the US for food drops to the Yazidis.
But it doesn’t stop there, as US officials are also considering airstrikes against ISIS fighters in the region, in the hopes of tipping the balance in northern Iraq back in favor of the KRG’s Peshmerga fighters.
The US has been sending troops to Iraq since June anticipating direct involvement in the ISIS war, and for hawks airstrikes would be the next logical step toward the US getting back into the fighting.