A Look Inside Iraqi Mountain Camps

Refugees describe the nightmarish conditions they are living in.
3:14 | 08/11/14

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Late today president Obama warning Iraq they need to come up with a political solution themselves. This evening we're seeing the view from an American f-18 military operation still under way to support humanitarian aid and air strikes there. There's a lot of concerns about Americans on the ground in erbil, Iraq. For the first time we're getting a true picture of the nightmare, thousands of refugees are facing as they hide in the mountains. Our team is there to hear their stories and ABC Muhammad Lila from northern Iraq tonight. Reporter: They're the faces of innocent victims forced from their homes. This woman, old and frail, walked for days to get to this refugee camp, only to find rusty tins of food left to eat. She describes a living hell, thousands of Iraq's yazidis, a tiny persecuted minority trapped on a mountain, Isis waiting to kill them below. This is an interpreter now living in what he calls a metal cage shared with six families, including a baby just two weeks old. What would happen if you had stayed on the mountain? We would die, no food, no water, no nothing. Reporter: He knows America is parachuting in food and water and carrying out air strikes on Isis targets, but today the Pentagon admitted the strikes won't be enough to stop Isis permane permanently. Do you feel let down by the same troops that you served alongside? I still believe they're going to come and save us. Reporter: While talking with 21-year-old nafi, she receives a phone call from a relative she says is captured by Isis. She hears of unspokable horrors here at this camp who know they're lucky to be alive. Muhammad Lila, Iraq. Our thanks to our team in Iraq. iPad want to bring in our chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz in our Washington bureau. You were on the air with me with the president late today. Any indication from your sources how long this will last? There have been nearly 20 air strikes now, but the general who heads up operations at the Pentagon said today that while the air strikes have disrupted the Isis advance on erbil, Isis remains very well organized and equipped and the general reiterated that the U.S. Has no intention of expanding those strikes to other areas unless Americans are directly threatened. But today, David, did see political progress as you know. Iraq nominated a new prime minister that's supposed to replace Iraq's leader for years. Seemingly good news for president Obama seen here huddling with his national security advisor while on vacation in Martha's vineyard. But it is not clear whether Maliki will live without a fight. We're going to turn to that air scare, an aborted takeoff in

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