Scott Neuman

Scott Neuman works as a Digital News writer and editor, handling breaking news and feature stories for NPR.org. Occasionally he can be heard on-air reporting on stories for Newscasts and has done several radio features since he joined NPR in April 2007, as an editor on the Continuous News Desk.

Neuman brings to NPR years of experience as an editor and reporter at a variety of news organizations and based all over the world. For three years in Bangkok, Thailand, he served as an Associated Press Asia-Pacific desk editor. From 2000-2004, Neuman worked as a Hong Kong-based Asia editor and correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He spent the previous two years as the international desk editor at the AP, while living in New York.

As the United Press International's New Delhi-based correspondent and bureau chief, Neuman covered South Asia from 1995-1997. He worked for two years before that as a freelance radio reporter in India, filing stories for NPR, PRI and the Canadian Broadcasting System. In 1991, Neuman was a reporter at NPR Member station WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL. He started his career working for two years as the operations director and classical music host at NPR member station WNIU/WNIJ in DeKalb/Rockford, IL.

Reporting from Pakistan immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Neuman was part of the team that earned the Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Wall Street Journal for overall coverage of 9/11 and the aftermath. Neuman shared in several awards won by AP for coverage of the December 2004 Asian tsunami.

A graduate from Purdue University, Neuman earned a Bachelor's degree in communications and electronic journalism.

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The Two-Way
2:51 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Suicide Bombing In Iraq Kills Dozens Of Sunni Worshippers

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:19 pm

Dozens of Sunnis attending a mosque for Friday prayers have been killed in a suicide attack in Iraq's eastern Diyala province — the latest sectarian violence to hit the deeply divided country.

The Associated Press says at least 64 people were killed in the suicide bombing, which was followed up by gunmen who attacked the mosque where Sunni tribesmen who had rebuffed cooperation with Islamic State militants were attending Friday prayers.

The BBC says:

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1:22 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

White House: Islamic State Has 'Gained Capacity' In Recent Months

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:24 pm

Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes says the beheading of an American journalist by Islamic State militants this week is tantamount to a terrorist attack on the United States and that it comes as the al-Qaida-inspired extremist group has "gained capacity in the last several months."

In response to a question from a reporter at an afternoon briefing, Rhodes said the U.S. sees the killing of journalist James Foley "as an attack on America," adding that Washington is "moving heaven and earth to find and bring home American hostages" held captive in the region.

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11:40 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Chinese Fighter Buzzed U.S. Navy Plane In 'Dangerous Intercept'

A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft takes off from Perth International Airport during the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370. The same general type of aircraft was involved in a "dangerous intercept" by a Chinese fighter jet earlier this week off Hainan island.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:25 pm

Update at 2:20 p.m. ET

A Chinese fighter jet conducted what is being describing as a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon in international waters off the island of Hainan in the South China Sea earlier this week, the Pentagon confirms.

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8:25 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Eggs, Milk And Ink: Venezuela Wants All Supermarket Shoppers Fingerprinted

Government-subsidized goods at a state-run market in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2012. Smuggling of cheap groceries into neighboring Colombia is so rampant that the government plans to fingerprint shoppers.
Fernando Llano AP

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 9:46 am

Attention Venezuelan shoppers: Please proceed to the supermarket checkout for fingerprinting.

That could be a reality if a plan announced earlier this week by the country's president, Nicolas Maduro, goes into effect.

The purpose? Combating shortages caused by rampant smuggling of subsidized food in Venezuela across the border into neighboring Colombia. Maduro says the system would stop people from buying too much of a single item.

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6:47 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Russian Convoy Crosses Ukraine Border Despite Kiev's Protests

A Russian border guard opens a gate into Ukraine for the first trucks from the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, on Friday. The convoy had been stalled near the border for more than a week.
Sergei Grits AP

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 2:59 pm

Update at 5:00 p.m. ET

After being halted at the border for more than a week, a Russian aid convoy is rumbling into eastern Ukraine without permission, prompting Kiev to label the move a "direct invasion" of sovereign territory.

Karoun Demirjian, reporting for NPR from Moscow, says 150 Russian trucks arrived in the rebel-held city of Luhansk on Friday.

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2:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen,' Hagel Says

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey during a Pentagon briefing on Thursday. Hagel said Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria posed a threat "beyond anything we've seen."
Yuri Gripas Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 5:59 pm

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel describes a failed U.S. mission into northern Syria earlier this summer to rescue Americans believed held there — including a journalist who was executed earlier this week — as "flawless" despite not recovering the hostages.

"This was a flawless operation, but the hostages weren't there," Hagel told journalists at a Pentagon briefing with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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12:43 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

U.S. Diplomatic Cable Puts Chill On ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro accepted the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge." Soon after, the State Department warned that participation by high-profile diplomats was a violation of internal policy.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:30 pm

Don't expect Secretary of State John Kerry to accept the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" anytime soon: Lawyers at the State Department have banned high-profile U.S. diplomats from participating in the fundraising phenomenon that has swept social media in recent weeks.

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9:50 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Thailand's Parliament Hands Prime Minister Post To Coup Leader

Thailand's newly appointed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures in a traditional greeting during his visit to a unit of the Queen's Guard outside Bangkok on Thursday.
Chaiwat Subprasom Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:22 pm

The man who toppled Thailand's democratically elected government in May has been chosen as the country's interim prime minister.

Not surprisingly, junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha's hand-picked legislature voted 191-0 with three abstentions to legitimize the coup leader's role as head of government. He was the only candidate.

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8:53 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Bank Of America Reaches Record Settlement Over Mortgage Meltdown

Countrywide, acquired by the Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse, accounts for most of the allegations of wrongdoing against BofA.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:33 pm

Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $17 billion in a settlement with federal regulators over allegations that it misled investors into buying risky, mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial meltdown.

The Department of Justice, which announced the $16.65 billion deal today, describes it as "the largest civil settlement with a single entity in history."

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The Two-Way
7:11 am
Thu August 21, 2014

After Night Of Calm, National Guard To Be Withdrawn From Ferguson

A clergyman leads demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown down West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. A large contingent of clergy helped keep the mood calm after days of unrest.
Eric Kayne for NPR

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 10:31 am

Updated at 3 p.m. ET

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from the city of Ferguson after a night of relative calm in the wake of days of unrest surrounding the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Guard members were first deployed on Monday to help restore order in the St. Louis suburb after sometimes violent confrontations between police and protesters.

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The Two-Way
3:00 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Capt. Ron Johnson: 'I Am Sorry' For Brown's Death

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson speaks during a rally at Greater Grace Church on Sunday.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 5:22 pm

Capt. Ron Johnson, the Missouri Highway Patrol officer in charge of security in Ferguson, Mo., told a thousand-strong audience gathered in a local church that he has a "heavy heart" over the violence and anger in the city in the wake of the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

Johnson, who is black, was handed security in the volatile St. Louis suburb by Gov. Jay Nixon last week, after local authorities were accused of a heavy-handed approach.

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2:20 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Israel, Palestinians Still Far Apart As Truce Nears End

Palestinians carry belongings from their homes, destroyed by Israeli airstrikes, in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday. The devastation could resume if a cease-fire is allowed to expire at midnight on Monday.
Sameh Rahmi EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 2:29 pm

With the clock ticking on the expiration of the latest cease-fire in Gaza, representatives of Israel and Hamas resumed talks in Cairo today but appeared divided over an Egyptian proposal to ease the closing of the territory.

As NPR's Jackie Northam reports from Jerusalem, at the heart of the talks is the seven-year blockade of the Gaza Strip. "Hamas is demanding a full lifting of the blockade; Israel says it's only willing to ease some restrictions, allowing easier passage of goods and people in and out of Gaza."

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8:42 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Kurds: U.S. Air Power Backing Operation To Retake Mosul Dam

Map of northern Iraq locating Mosul dam and the Kurdish capital Arbil (also spelled "Irbil"), where the U.S. carried out airstrikes targeting Islamic State fighters on Saturday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 1:32 pm

Updated at 11:25 a.m. ET

Kurdish forces say they've retaken areas near the country's largest dam in Mosul from Islamic separatists, a day after U.S. officials acknowledged conducting airstrikes in the region.

The Associated Press, quoting Kurdish peshmerga leader Gen. Tawfik Desty, said his fighters, backed by Iraqi and U.S. warplanes, started an operation to retake Mosul Dam from rebels belonging to Islamic State, an extremist group inspired by al-Qaida that is also known by the acronyms ISIS or ISIL, early Sunday.

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7:37 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Kenya Shuts Borders To Ebola-Hit West African Countries

Health workers are handed personal protective gear before collecting the bodies of the deceased from streets in Monrovia, Liberia, on Saturday. Liberia is one of three West African countries hard-hit by the Ebola outbreak.
Abbas Dulleh AP

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 1:28 pm

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET.

The Kenyan government has taken the step of closing its borders to travelers from West African countries affected by the growing Ebola outbreak.

The suspension applies to Kenyan ports of entry for people traveling from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the country's Health Ministry says. It goes into effect Tuesday at midnight.

"This step is in line with the recognition of the extraordinary measures urgently required to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa," the Health Ministry said in a statement.

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The Two-Way
6:52 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Ukraine Claims Gains On The Ground, As Rebels Down Warplane

A Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter jet flies over Slovyansk, Ukraine, in May. Ukrainian officials acknowledged the same type of aircraft was shot down Sunday over the country's east.
Alexander Ermochenko AP

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 1:26 pm

Updated at 3:05 p.m. ET

Ukrainian officials acknowledge that one of the country's MiG-29 fighter jets has been shot down by rebels, but they say the incident follows a major push in the east against pro-Russia separatists that could prove a breakthrough in the four-month conflict.

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The Two-Way
6:18 am
Sun August 17, 2014

DOJ Orders Second Autopsy Of Teen Shot By Ferguson Police

Law enforcement officers wait to advance Sunday morning after firing tear gas to disperse a crowd protesting the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Authorities report one shooting and several arrests.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 1:35 pm

Update at 3:30 p.m. ET

The Justice Department has ordered a second autopsy of Michael Brown, the black teen who was fatally shot by police last week in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, sparking off a week of angry and frequently violent protests.

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2:59 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Mo. Governor Orders State Of Emergency, Curfew In Ferguson

A protester holds up a clenched fist Friday night in front of a convenience store that was looted and burned in Ferguson, Mo.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 1:32 pm

Updated at 1:19 a.m. ET, Sunday.

Hundreds of demonstrators went home peacefully as a midnight curfew approached in Ferguson, Mo., but "a couple hundred defiant protesters remained," reports the Associated Press.

The crowd was gathered in the St. Louis suburb at the site where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer.

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The Two-Way
1:35 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Gov. Perry: Indictment 'Amounts To Nothing'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes a statement regarding his indictment on charges of abuse of power at the Texas state capitol, in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.
Ashley Landis EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 1:24 pm

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has been charged with felony counts of abuse of power over his veto of funding for a public corruption office, fired back today, calling the indictment politically motivated.

"I did nothing wrong," the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate said at a brief news conference in Austin, Texas.

"This indictment amounts to nothing more than an abuse of power, and I cannot and I will not allow that to happen," Perry told reporters.

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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Thousands Of Anti-Government Protesters March In Pakistan

Supporters of Imran Khan, a cricketer-turned-politician and head of opposition party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, listen to his speech during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Saturday.
Sohail Shahzad EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 12:34 pm

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of the Pakistani capital today in mass demonstrations against the government. The protests were led by fiery Islamic cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and former cricket star turned politician Imran Khan.

Demonstrators are demanding that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in the country's May 2013 election, something Sharif has refused to do, according to The Associated Press.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Germany Eavesdropped On Kerry, Clinton, Magazine Says

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shown before boarding a helicopter to Amman, Jordan, in 2013. A report says that Germany inadvertently eavesdropped on at least one of Kerry's calls in the Middle East.
Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 12:29 pm

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Sat August 16, 2014

What's Behind Those Abuse-Of-Power Charges Against Perry?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Des Moines Register's Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday. Late Friday, Perry was indicted on abuse-of-power charges.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 11:20 am

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, considered a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016, was indicted on felony abuse-of-power charges late Friday in connection with his veto of funding for state public corruption prosecutors.

The case, which has been bubbling for months, is complicated. Here's a closer look at what we know from various sources:

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The Two-Way
7:20 am
Sat August 16, 2014

New York State Couple Charged In Abduction Of Amish Girls

The booking photos of Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey, who were charged Friday in the kidnapping of two Amish girls.
St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office AP

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 11:17 am

Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET.

A couple from upstate New York has been charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping in connection with the abduction of two Amish girls from a roadside farm stand earlier this week.

Stephen Howells II, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, appeared in a court in Albany late Friday with their lawyers, but were not allowed to enter a plea, The Associated Press reports. They were ordered held without bond.

By way of background, the AP writes:

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The Two-Way
6:34 am
Sat August 16, 2014

U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq Pound Area Near Mosul Dam

A man from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits on the ground at Bajed Kadal refugee camp southwest of Dohuk province on Friday.
Youssef Boudlal Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 12:28 pm

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET.

U.S. F/A-18s and drones are conducting airstrikes around the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, a senior U.S. official tells NPR.

The region has seen stepped up fighting in recent days between Kurdish peshmerga forces and Islamic State, or ISIS, militants.

Residents living near the Mosul Dam told The Associated Press that the area was being targeted in airstrikes.

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The Two-Way
11:15 am
Fri August 15, 2014

EU OKs Arms Shipments To Iraqi Kurds

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 3:01 pm

Updated at 5 p.m. ET.

European Union foreign ministers condemned "atrocities and abuses" carried out in Iraq by Islamic insurgents against religious minorities, and gave the green light to its members to provide arms to combat the militants.

In an emergency meeting in Brussels, the EU's top diplomats did not reach a consensus agreement on the situation in Iraq, but said individual members were free to send arms to Iraq's Kurds to use in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants in the country's north.

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8:48 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Indonesian Police Detain U.S. Couple In Murder Probe

Heather Mack, the daughter of an American woman found dead inside a suitcase on the Indonesian island of Bali, gestures while in custody in a police station in Denpasar on Thursday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 12:38 pm

Police in Indonesia say that a U.S. couple being held in connection with the brutal killing of a 62-year-old Chicago woman while the three vacationed in Bali could face the death penalty if they are charged with premeditated murder.

The body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found stuffed in a bloodied suitcase on the resort island of Bali on Tuesday. After a preliminary investigation, Indonesian police detained the woman's 19-year-old daughter, Heather Mack, and Mack's boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21.

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7:17 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Kiev: Russian Armor Destroyed After Crossing Border

A convoy purportedly carrying humanitarian aid is parked about 17 miles from the Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, on Friday. Ukrainian officials have insisted on inspecting the cargo over fears that the convoy might be a pretext for invasion.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 12:03 pm

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET.

Ukraine's president says Kiev's artillery destroyed a "significant" part of a Russian armored column that is said to have crossed the border overnight.

Russia called the claim a "fantasy."

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki Says He Will Step Down

Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has served since 2006. He will be succeeded by Haider al-Abadi.
Ebrahim Noroozi AP

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 4:50 pm

Updated at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced today that he will step down and endorse his nominated successor, state television says.

Maliki, who has been under increasing pressure to step aside, will be succeeded by Haider al-Abadi, from the prime minister's own Dawa Party, who was appointed on Monday and had begun the process of forming a Cabinet despite Maliki's angry denunciations.

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1:34 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Robin Williams Sober, In Early Stages Of Parkinson's, Widow Says

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 2:03 pm

The wife of Robin Williams, who took his own life on Monday, says the actor/comedian was sober at the time of death, but suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease, a progressive and debilitating neuromuscular condition.

"Robin's sobriety was intact" at the time of his suicide, Susan Schneider said. "[He] struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly."

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11:56 am
Thu August 14, 2014

There's No Longer A Doubt About This Cutthroat Trout

These undated photos provided by the Colorado Division of Wildlife show the endangered greenback cutthroat trout and the Colorado River cutthroat trout. Federal and state biologists have stocked the wrong fish for more than two decades.
AP

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 1:40 pm

It's been a cutthroat existence for Colorado's state fish.

The rare greenback cutthroat trout, for years on the receiving end of a well-meaning, but taxonomically misguided attempt to save it, now seems to be back on track (though not out of the woods).

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11:38 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Obama: U.S. To End Aid Drops In Iraq, But Airstrikes To Continue

President Obama speaks about the situations in Iraq and Ferguson, Mo., Thursday, in Edgartown, Mass., during his family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:50 pm

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET.

President Obama says U.S. airstrikes have broken a siege by Islamic militants of minority Yazidis on a mountaintop in northwestern Iraq and it's unlikely that more airdrops of humanitarian aid will be necessary.

"Our military was able to successfully strike ISIL targets around the mountain," where the militant group had laid siege to the Yazidis, he said.

He said U.S. airstrikes against the militants would continue "to protect our people and facilities in Iraq."

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