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The White House said President Barack Obama is considering a range of military options, including airlifts and creating safe passages, for rescuing thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain. A U.S. military-led rescue mission on Sinjar Mountain could involve putting American troops on the ground. But officials insisted that their mission would be strictly a humanitarian rescue and would not constitute a return to combat 2½ years after the last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq.



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