Kurdish soldiers and civilians are trapped in the Sinjar mountains in Northwest Iraq. About 40,000 people are surrounded by ISIS militants and are dying heat and thirst.

The New York Times reports that Obama is considering airstrikes against ISIS or airdrops of food and medicine to aid the Kurds. Similar reports are coming out of France.

“There could be a humanitarian catastrophe there,” a second administration official said, adding that a decision from Mr. Obama was expected “imminently — this could be a fast-moving train.”