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A spokesman said Thursday that the Pentagon sees little if any need to airdrop more food and water to Iraqis atop Sinjar Mountain because most of the stranded have left and the remainder are in less dire need. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said U.S. officials believe the number on Sinjar is now “in the neighborhood of 4,000,” and that between 1,500 and 2,000 of those are local residents who live there and have no plans to leave. A U.S. assessment team that spent Wednesday on the mountaintop reported numbers far smaller and circumstances less dire than feared.



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