Green Berets land on Sinjar Mountain
A team of about 20 Army Green Berets landed on the isolated mountain range to assess conditions, but returned to Irbil later in the day. An estimated 20,000 Yazidis are still trapped by Islamic State (IS) fighters and urgently require emergency assistance.The 4,400-foot-high Sinjar range is venerated by the Yazidis. They believe it to be the place where Noah’s ark settled after the biblical flood. The Sinjar Mountains are a barren ridge, four miles wide, 25 miles long and devoid of plant life, water or shade.
UNOCHA, U.S. Central Command, Google Earth. RICHARD JOHNSON /THE WASHINGTON POST.