“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

All According to Plan: The Rab’a Massacre and Mass Killings of Protesters in Egypt

12 August 2014 Last updated at 10:48 ET

Egyptian security forces 'planned massacre,' says HRW

The killings of at least 817 people by Egyptian security forces last year probably amount to a crime against humanity, Human Rights Watch says.
A report by the US-based group says 1,000 or more people probably died in one day around Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque.
The deaths came during demonstrations broken up by Egyptian security forces.
Executive director Kenneth Roth said the deaths were "one of the world's largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history".
Mr Roth and a colleague were stopped from entering Egypt on Monday.
They were due to launch the new report at a press conference in the Egyptian capital, but were deported after being held for 12 hours at Cairo International Airport.
The group's year-long investigation focused on six demonstrations in July and August 2013 that were forcefully broken up by security forces, then under the command of now-President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.
Mr Sisi, who was then a general running Egypt's military and was elected head of state in May 2014, oversaw the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.
In the aftermath his armed forces launched a brutal crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

Egyptian press reaction
Egypt's state-owned and private media have largely ignored the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, with state TV also making no mention of the barring of an HRW delegation from entering the country on 10 August.
However, the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Mikamilin TV carried captions from the news conference where the results of the report were announced.
The state and private press defended the ban on the HRW delegation, quoting the government's statement that "HRW has no legal status in Egypt". They also noted that the Egyptian government regarded the report as "biased" and "negative".
Meanwhile, social media users criticised the ban as unprecedented.
"Barring the HRW delegation from entering Egypt!!!! This is almost the first time in history that something like this happens!!!" Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas, who has more than 268,000 followers, tweeted.
Mina Fayek, who has some 5,400 followers, tweeted: "If you have a problem with the HRW's report then wait until they talk and then respond to them, but barring them weakened your position and made you look like a coward in front of the world."
HRW's report says Egyptian police and army "methodically opened fire with live ammunition on crowds" demonstrating against Mr Morsi's removal from power.
The clearing of the protest camp at Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on 14 August 2013 followed "a plan that envisioned several thousand deaths," according to the report.
The rights group estimates that a minimum of 817 people died during the violence at the mosque but says the actual figure was more likely 1,000 or more.
"Given the widespread and systematic nature of these killings," the report adds, "these killings most likely amount to crimes against humanity."
Mr Roth said the actions were not "merely a case of excessive force or poor training."
"It was a violent crackdown planned at the highest levels of the Egyptian government," he said. "Many of the same officials are still in power in Egypt, and have a lot to answer for."
At the time, the government congratulated the police and army for its actions and praised their "self-restraint".
It claimed that armed protesters had attacked security forces and that force had only been used in response to violence from demonstrators.
The government has not yet responded to the Human Rights Watch report or made any comment on its employees being denied entry to the country on Monday.
Sarah Leah Whitson, the head of HRW's Middle East and North Africa division, said airport officials told her and Mr Roth that they were being deported for "security reasons".

In a statement, HRW said it was the first time that Egyptian authorities had denied its staff members entry to the country, including during the rule of ex-President Hosni Mubarak.


  1. UK to suspend military exports to Israel, if fighting in Gaza resumes
    International-Jerusalem Post

    Well not really...
    Symbolic, selective and mostly meaningless...

    Not to worry, anything that England actually embargoes? Israel will product natively, better and then sell to all those that England USED to sell to... India comes to mind...

  2. The Moslem Brotherhood, Hamas, ISIS, Al Queda are all Sunni Islamic Nazi groups...

    And the arab world understands this...

    It will be bloody...

    Because you just don't have the suns verses the shits...

    You have the Islamic Sunni Nazis against the Shia/Baathist Syrian Nazis against the moderate sunni nationalists....

    Throw in some druze, some balouch arabs, some christians, some kurds, some others and it's going to be quite the spree...

    Of course it will get interesting when the blow back hits Iran.....

    over 1/2 of Iran aint even persian

  3. The Zionist is sputtering, again.
    The rest of the world doesn't matter, to a true believer.

    Over 1/2 of Israel isn't European.
    Almost none of them are real Jews, you don't have to be Jewish, to be a Zionist.

    The Zionists killed 252 Jewish refugees. The life of a Jew does not matter to a Zionist,

    1. VP Biden and historical truths are put forth, someone is an anti-semite

  4. Egypt; Now an Israeli-Occupied Territory

    The problem is not that Egypt’s new thug-in-chief, General Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi, is a Jew.
    (His mother, Malikah Titani, is a Moroccan Jew from Asefi, which makes al-Sisi a Jew and an automatic citizen of Israel.)

    If the Egyptian people want to elect a Jew president in a free and fair election – like they elected the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) to the Lower House with 73% of the vote, the Upper House with 80% of the vote, the presidency with 52% of the vote, and approved the MB Constitution with 64% of the vote – that’s fine with me.

    The problem is that al-Sisi has concealed his Jewish identity and Israeli connections from the Egyptian people…and destroyed their nascent democracy through deception and mass murder.

    An even bigger problem: al-Sisi is almost certainly a Mossad agent. That means al-Sisi’s Egypt is not just a brutal, banana-republic-style dictatorship. It is Israeli-occupied territory: The newest and largest province of ever-expanding Greater Israel.

    No wonder the Israeli ambassador called al-Sisi “a national hero for all Jews.”

    1. The Israeli ambassador in Cairo has told a minister in the interim government that the people of Israel look upon General Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi as a "national hero".

      According to Israel Radio, the ambassador rang Agriculture Minister Ayman Abu-Hadid to congratulate him on his new post and said,
      "Al-Sisi is not a national hero for Egypt, but for all Jews in Israel and around the globe."

    2. The Israeli Ambassador is quoted, someone is an anti-semite


    El-Sissi’s uncle, the Haganah member

    “I was surprised to learn, from the Algerian Al-Watan newspaper, that el-Sissi is of Jewish origin,” Gamal Nasser said Saturday in an Arabic-language broadcast on Al-Jazeera, where he is a commentator.

    “His mother is called Mulaika Titani, and her brother was a member of the Jewish Haganah organization,” Nasser added. “Thus, we see that this man, by any standard, is implementing a Zionist plan to divide Egypt.” (The Haganah was the pre-state precursor of the Israel Defense Forces.)

    Is al-Sisi really the personification of the "Yinon Plan"?

    1. The Times of Israel is quoted, someone is an anti-semite


  6. ‘Israel intensifying bid to rally support for Egypt military rule’
    It’s ‘army or anarchy,’ Israeli official tells NY Times, rebuffing claims that Jerusalem is ‘undercutting’ Western efforts

    By Asher Zeiger - August 19, 2013, 10:34 am

    Read more: 'Israel intensifying bid to rally support for Egypt military rule' | The Times of Israel
    Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook

    1. The Israeli government intends to step up this week a campaign urging the United States and the European Union to back the interim military government in Egypt, despite the regime’s rise to power through violence and its ongoing crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, The New York Times reported late Sunday.

      Read more: 'Israel intensifying bid to rally support for Egypt military rule' | The Times of Israel
      Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook

    2. The Times of Israel is quoted, someone is an anti-semite

    3. I see a person that appreciates the truths printed in the Times of Israel and the JPost.

    4. Farmer RobWed Aug 13, 09:47:00 AM EDT
      I see a person that appreciates the truths printed in the Times of Israel and the JPost.

      Then you should appreciate the truth's of Israel greatness....

      :) Congrats about now being a ZIONIST.

      A TRUTH that both Jpost and the Times of Israel are and proclaim.

    5. Israel is a false construct, as presently governed.
      Zionism is fascism and should be eliminated from the Israel lexicon.
      Zionism promotes antisemitism and is an ideology to be disdained.

      That there are truth tellers in Israel, has nothing to do with Zionism

  7. Saudi king decorates Egypt president with highest medal
    Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

    The Saudi monarch decorated President Sisi with King Abdulaziz Necklace during a meeting in Jeddah on Sunday.

    King Abdullah and the Egyptian president reportedly discussed the Israeli regime’s offensive against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

    Riyadh has been a staunch supporter of Egypt’s new government installed following the July 2013 military ouster of the democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

  8. Egypt-Saudis talks address billions in military aid, cooperation on securing Gulf Arab states
    Special to

    CAIRO — Egypt has submitted a request for billions of dollars in additional aid from Saudi Arabia.

    Diplomatic sources said the regime of President Abdul Fatah Sisi discussed a plan for Egypt to help bolster security of Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies. They said Sisi, who met Saudi King Abdullah, sought in return billions of dollars for Egypt’s military and defense industry sector.

    “The Egyptian plan was high on the agenda of Sisi’s visit,” a source said

  9. The meeting was the first official visit to Saudi Arabia by El-Sisi since his election last May.
    The 90-year-old King Abdullah has been one of El-Sisi’s staunchest supporters, giving at least $12 billion in aid to Egypt to support its weakened economy and bolster its military campaign against Islamic extremists.

  10. Even if the other “bad guys” were affiliated with al-Qaeda.
    “We understand that they are pretty bad guys,” Oren said in the interview.

    Israel - Allied with Islamic Terrorists

    In broad daylight, a Saudi-Israeli alliance


    France will supply arms to Iraq's Kurds "in the coming hours", French President Francois Hollande has announced.

    France has received approval from authorities in Baghdad for the decision, French media reports say.

    Kurdish forces have been fighting militants from the Islamic State (IS) group. The conflict has displaced thousands of people.

    The US has also reportedly begun supplying weapons to the Kurdish forces, known as the Peshmerga.

    A statement from Mr Hollande's office said the move was "in response to the urgent need expressed by the regional authorities in Kurdistan".

    Earlier the US announced it had sent 130 more military advisers to the Kurdish region.

    The marines and special operations forces will assess the humanitarian situation and will not be engaged in combat, a US defence official said.

    The US has been carrying out air strikes against IS fighters in northern Iraq.

  12. America maintains a special forces group, numbering about 10,000 in northern Jordan. From there supplies from Israel (American prepositioned ammo etc) is being funneled into Iraq to the Kurds.

    So far the Jordanian army (mostly) has held their border against the ISIL attempts but American troops are there...


  13. Why Iran Fears Iraq's Kurds

    While Obama and other countries rush to defend the Kurds, Iran is worried that if they gain their independence, and Iraq breaks up, Iran might be next.

    "For almost a century since the end of World War I and the creation of Iraq from parts of the Ottoman Empire, both Iran and Turkey have worried that the creation of an independent Kurdish state in Iraq would encourage their own Kurdish political or paramilitary groups and citizens to join that independent Kurdish entity."

    yep that says it all...

    Iran is next....

    1. Our Zionist is still touting the "Yinon Plan".

  14. Life in Egypt under the Moslem Brotherhood.

    "Once they saw that she was a Christian [because of the cross hanging on her rear view mirror], they jumped on top of the car, to the point that the vehicle was no longer visible. The roof of the car collapsed in. When they realized that she was starting to die, they pulled her out of the car and started pounding on her and pulling her hair-to the point that portions of her hair and scalp came off. They kept beating her, kicking her, stabbing her with any object or weapon they could find…. Throughout [her ordeal] she tried to protect her face, giving her back to the attackers, till one of them came and stabbed her right in the back, near the heart, finishing her off. Then another came and grabbed her by the hair, shaking her head, and with the other hand slit her throat. Another pulled her pants off, to the point that she was totally naked"

    This is not an isolated incident.

    you can see in Gaza with Hamas, in Syria with Assad, in Iraq with ISIL/ISIS the same violent treatment of women and minorities on a daily basis....

    Sectarian fighting is not unknown in these parts....

    Lebanon also comes to mind....

    Populations will be exchanged. New borders will be set.

    Historic wrongs and rights and corrections are at hand.

    Nothing is fair.

    1. Our Zionist is still touting the "Yinon Plan".

  15. 52% of Egyptians voted for The Muslim Beotherhood. They rejected Mubarak. The shelf life of Sisi will be short if there is another election. If there is no election...

    1. Hitler was elected.

      Hamas was elected.

      Abbas was "elected"

      In most western minds, democracy doesn't mean voting once.

      What started out as a "voted" turned into a one vote, one person, one time.

      When the elected "leaders" use the mandate to turn the election into a permanent, forever dictatorship?

      The "people" may or may not fight back.

      In Egypt they did.

      In Gaza? Germany? West Bank? they did not....

    2. The arab world is not about "elections" like the west is.

      After having the moslem brotherhood "lead" the Generals are coming back to power across the arab world because they give relative stability....

    3. Hitler's mother was not Jewish, but al-Sisi's was.

      So says the Times of Israel.

      al-Sisi is a hero, the israeli Ambassador proclaimed!

    4. Another Jewish politician committing "Planned Massacres" of his political opponents.
      This time in Egypt, instead of Palestine.

      The Song remains the Same.

  16. Don't get caught in 20th Century thinking,

    Germany’s renewables did it again, a new record! According to the Fraunhofer institute, renewable energy produced about 81 TWh, or 31% of the nation’s electricity during the first half of 2014. Solar production is up 28%, wind 19% and biomass 7% over last year. Meanwhile, with the exception of nuclear energy, all conventional sources are producing less. The output from gas powered plants was half of what it had been in 2010 and brown coal powered . . . . . . .

    Sorry Putin

    1. 4th largest economy on earth

      latitude, roughly that of Quebec

      31% of electricity from Renewables (largely from Solar)

      Vladimir Putin has done these people a valuable service.

      Thanks, Vlad

    2. So, how does all that "intermittency" affect the grid?

      Minutes lost per customer

      Germany 15.91

      United States 244

      Minutes Lost

    3. Rufus,

      what % of Germany's transport fuel is NOT imported oil or natural gas?

      Any clue?

    4. .

      German 'clean energy' may be a boon for American soft coal exports. Sounds like an oxymoron but...

      A country can do many things if they issue mandates. However, for every mandated action there is a cost. Germany is no exception.

      Under the coalition treaty, which devotes a separate section to the energy transition, the German government reaffirms its commitment to its three-pronged energy transition approach without prioritizing one of the goals; namely, to mitigate climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, while at the same time improving security of energy supply, as well as supplying affordable energy to its citizens. What is new and interesting is that the German government now makes further renewable energy development dependent on both cost efficiency and economic feasibility of the country’s entire energy system, while also taking into account network expansion and necessary base-load reserve capacity additions.

      According to the IEA total integration costs of increasing the supply of renewable energy sources will have to put a price on additional capacity in order to manage the intermittency problem while also maintaining power grid stability as well as put a price on transmission and distribution to integrate renewable sources located far from large demand centers. It should come as no surprise that such an energy architecture overhaul will come with a huge price tag in the short to medium term. Therefore, the coalition treaty also sets a new lower ceiling for renewables than previously projected. Germany plans to raise the percentage of renewables in the energy mix to between 40 to 45 per cent by 2025 and to between 55 to 60 per cent by 2035. This compares to 23.4 per cent in 2013. And most importantly, the coalition treaty declares conventional power plants – meaning brown coal-, hard black coal- and natural gas-fired plants – indispensable for Germany’s energy mix for the foreseeable future.

      Here the German government acknowledges two things. One, that renewable sources are not able to replace coal- and gas-fired power plants since their output depends on fluctuating weather conditions. Two, coal or natural gas capacity will then have to bridge any base load gap due to the legally-mandated shutdown of the last nuclear power plants in 2022. The typical capacity of a large nuclear power plant is 1 gigawatt with nuclear power’s share of the energy mix currently reaching still 15.4 per cent. As a result, Germany will have to add additional base load coal-fired or gas-fired power generation capacity and/or keep no longer profitable existing – i.e. not allowing them to go off the grid – plants as back-up to provide electricity during peak times. Given that even state-of-the-art gas-fired power plants are barely profitable under the current incentive structure and given that new gas-fired plants are immensely expensive to build, the only economically viable alternative left is coal-fired power generation...


  17. The Times of Israel and the JPost are quoted, someone is an anti-semite

  18. Farmer Rob is a SPAMMERWed Aug 13, 09:43:00 AM EDT

    It's not who you quote.

    It's your spamming that is the issue.

  19. It is not spam, there is no issue.
    It is the truth, from multiple Israeli sources

  20. It is your inability to respond without spamming the site that is comically entertaining.

  21. The U.S. and France have never lifted a finger to protect the Kurds. Indeed, the U.S. has actively betrayed the Kurds and let them be slaughtered. For example, during the Gulf War, the U.S. called on the Kurds to rise up against Saddam (implying that he would protect them), but then let Saddam slaughter the Kurds en masse.

    So why are the U.S. and France moving now to protect Erbil?

    Because Erbil has now become a major oil center.
    The Kurdish government estimates that the region is the world’s 9th largest oil producer.

    Oil companies from around the world operate in Kurdistan, including (major oil companies are indicated in bold, U.S. and French oil companies in italics):


    Exxon Mobil
    Aspect Energy
    Marathon Oil Corporation
    Hillwood International Energy
    Hunt Oil
    Prime Oil
    Murphy Oil
    Hess Corporation
    HKN Energy
    Viking International




    Forbes and Manhattan
    Western Zagros Resources
    Talisman Energy Inc
    NIKO Resources
    Ground Star

    South Korea

    Korea National Oil Company (KNOC)


    Genel Energy


    Gulf Keystone Petroleum
    Sterling Energy
    Heritage Oil




    Dana Petroleum




    China acquired a significant presence in Iraqi Kurdistan after Sinopec Group bought Addax Petroleum in 2009.




    Reliance Industries

    Papua New Guinea

    Oil Search


    Gazprom Neft




    Oil Search (Iraq) Limited
    Kar Group
    Qaiwan Group





    Yup … with Chevron, Exxon, Marathon, Hess and Total operating major facilities in Erbil, the latest Iraq war is also about oil … as confirmed by the New Yorker, New Republic and Vox.

    For those who don’t believe that Iraqi oil is driving foreign policy, take a look at what Brookings wrote in June:

    It should be obvious that a key consideration for the United States arising from [the seizure of huge swaths of Iraq by ISIS] is its potential to affect Iraqi oil production.


    Any significant disruption of current Iraqi oil production or long-term diminution in its expected growth could have major repercussions for the U.S. economy.

  22. yeppers, it's all about the oil.

    1. well, and humanitarian aid - it looks like US boots may land on the ground for that purpose...

  23. Baghdad — Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday he will not relinquish power until a federal court rules on what he called a "constitutional violation" by the president to replace him with a member of his own party....

  24. When last allen checked, allen favored bringing down the Netanyahu government and WiO favored maintaining it. That is uniformity of opinion. Hmm…

    ISIS is an organization made up of nihilists. ISIS controls the major Iraqi reservoirs, at least one of which is geologically and structurally on the verge of collapse. Should it rupture, it is estimated that 500,000 Iraqis will die within about 90 minutes. It is reported that ISIS has brought in engineers to the site. The assumption is that they are interested in stabilizing the dam. ISIS is an organization made up of nihilists.

    Should Iraq’s three largest reservoirs blow simultaneously, Baghdad would be hit by a 65 – 100’ wall of water in about two hours. Millions of Shi’a would be killed and southern Iraq would be for some time a gigantic mud flat.

    Would homicidal maniacs, motivated by nihilistic religious fanaticism murder millions of heretics downstream? I don’t know. I do know that were I in Baghdad, I would be trying to get a flight to Switzerland.

    1. allen favored replacing the figurehead of the Zionist regime, "O"rdure favored keeping the current stooge in place.

      Neither favored creating a democracy, one that treated all the residents of the territories controlled by the Zionist regime equally.

      Another attempt by the Zionist to dissemble.
      Providing hope without change, is no change at all.

    2. You wish that were the case, but it is not.
      The truth is right there, in the Times of Israel, in the JPost and in Haaretz


    3. "O"rdure will do what he can to discuss anything but the truth.
      He wants to dispense with discussions about Israel and the hijacking of Judaism by the Zionists.

      While wrapping himself in a Semite cloak.
      Which is now a much more accurate description of the Zionists ...

      Israel - Founded by Terrorists and Sustained by Terrorism and now ... Allied with Islamic Terrorists

      In broad daylight, a Saudi-Israeli alliance

      And the news from the Times of Israel that the President of Egypt is no Muslim, but is, genetically, a Jew.
      A citizen of Israel.

    4. Or, perhaps, President al-Sisi is both a Muslim and a Jew.
      Islam being a religion, while Judaism has been described, by the Zionist contributors, as a tribal association or even a 'race'.

    5. The Zionists have told us that Judaism is all about the mother.
      Which makes President al-Sisi a true blue Jew, according to the Times of Israel.

      The "Yinon Plan" and Mossad false flag operations churning forward.
      General Dynamics still turning out Abrams main battle tanks at its Egyptian plant.

      Stay the Course !

    6. Your psychosis grows with each and every day!

    7. But you keep reading those websites everyday....

  25. Poet-DSM has planned a Sept. 3 grand opening celebration at the Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsberg, Iowa. It’s a milestone the two companies and many other interested stakeholders have been waiting for eagerly. “Needless to say, we’ve been working hard to bringing project where it is today,” Larry Ward, project director with Poet-DSM told Ethanol Producer Magazine. “With the upcoming grand opening were thrilled to be able to share the excitement, the technology and the operation with those outside our organization.”

    The event is open to the public and will feature plant tours starting at 9 a.m., the grand opening ceremony at 11 a.m. and more. There will also be a flyover of the ethanol-powered Vanguard Squadron.

    Project Liberty is currently in the commissioning process, with biomass going through the pretreatment process in preparation for production of the first gallons. Every day, the facility will process 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husk and some corn stalk to produce 20 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol, eventually ramping up to 25 MMgy. “By this point next year, I have no reason not to believe that we won’t have the capacity to produce 25 MMgy,” Hugh Welsh, president of DSM North American, told EPM.

    It took years and plenty of patience to develop the technology that will be utilized at Project Liberty, Welsh said, adding that the facility will serve as a full-scale demonstration plant. “We’ll continue to optimize the plant and we’ll continue to look for opportunities to out-license our technology,” he said, adding that includes the bioprocessing technology as well as the yeast and enzymes technology.

    Ward echoed the need for . . . . . . . . .


    1. .

      Is there a difference between a 'full-scale demonstration' plant and a 'full-scale commercial' plant?


    2. In this case, I guess there's not.

    3. That Was an interesting choice of words.

      Jeff Broin (Poet) has 26, I think it is, Corn ethanol plants, and he's constantly fiddling around with one, or two, trying different processes, etc. I think they're saying that they won't be bashful about tweaking this one as they go along.

  26. The USDA survey-based yield forecast in the August supply/demand report released Aug. 12 pegs corn yield at a record 167.4 bushels per acre, up 2.1 bushel from last month’s trend-based projection. The new forecast projects a record corn crop of 14.032 billion bushels on 83.8 million acres expected to be harvested. That compares with last year’s yield of 158.8 bushels per acre on 87.7 million acres harvested.

    USDA projects total corn supplies for 2014/15 at a record 15.243 billion bushels with the increase in . . . . . . . .


  27. WiO,

    I recall discussing war and Netanyahu. I do not recall commenting on democracy. Muslims do have a knack for projection.

    I see that Hamas violated the "ceasefire". By some twist of logic, the US wants the ceasefire to remain in effect. Hmm...

  28. WiO,

    Whatever else al-Sisi may be, he is the president of Egypt and a fellow who actually read Machiavelli. Putin will not find him boring.

  29. An evacuation of thousands of refugees who were forced onto Mt. Sinjar in Iraq is "far less likely" after an assessment by United States Marines, Special Forces and the USAID disaster assistance relief team, the Pentagon said today.

    Less than 20 personnel briefly landed on the mountain, where thousands of Yazidis are trapped and facing a humanitarian crisis.

    "The team has assessed that there are far fewer Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar than previously feared, in part because of the success of humanitarian air drops, air strikes on ISIL targets, the efforts of the Peshmerga and the ability of thousands of Yazidis to evacuate from the mountain each night over the last several days," Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. "The Yazidis who remain are in better condition than previously believed and continue to have access to the food and water that we have dropped."

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Tuesday that the United States sent a 130 member military assessment team to Erbil in the autonomous Iraqi province of Kurdistan to determine what further assistance the U.S. can provide to the Yazidis.

    Wha? Where'd they all go? We dint know, honest :)

  30. .

    The humanitarian crisis is over. The siege of Erbil has been repulsed. Time to go home?