Although Yazidi refugees on Sinjar Mountain appear no longer in imminent danger, the United States will continue humanitarian missions as well as airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel and facilities from Islamic State militants, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

A U.S. assessment team consisting of fewer than 20 troops and U.S. Agency for International Development staff spent Wednesday on Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Yazidis and others had taken refuge after Islamic State fighters overran their towns and villages.

The team reported fewer displaced people than expected and that their conditions were not as dire as feared. […]