WASHINGTON D.C., Aug. 15, 2014 - Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Aug. 14, 2014. While the threat of mass violence on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq has passed, the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) remains, and the United States continues its efforts to assist the Iraqi people caught up in violence, U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday. John Kirby told reporters that the situation in Iraq remains dangerous, and he described the objectives of the U.S. military mission in the country set forth by President Barack Obama.

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