Kurdish peshmerga fighters underwent a dangerous mission to rescue Iraqi Yazidi refugees from Mount Sinjar, unloading relief supplies on their way down. However, they were forced to leave in haste when they found themselves under attack, receiving fire from ISIS terrorists.
With a CNN camera crew on board, the fighters flew an Iraqi military helicopter towards the mountain, bringing much-needed food, water, diapers, and other necessities to the Yazidis refugees trapped there. That’s when the ISIS forces opened fire.
The Kurdish fighters returned fire from the machine gun mounted in the helicopter, and as it landed, about twenty refugees rushed aboard the chopper.
The helicopter had barely left the ground when bullets started flying again. It was only after they had fended off the attackers and reached a safe height when the evacuees allowed themselves to cry. Their tears were, no doubt, mixed with joy and sorrow–relieved to be free from immediate danger, yet broken at the trauma they’ve experienced and the thought of loved ones left behind.
No doubt, this was bittersweet ending for this group of refugees; but when will this nightmare end for their people and their country?
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