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US airdrops food, water to Iraqi civilians stranded on Mount Sinjar

Published on Aug 10, 2014 10:00 AM
In this image released by the US Air Force, straps secure water bundles aboard a C-17 Globemaster III before a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq on Aug 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US military planes dropped containers with water and thousands of meals to civilians fleeing jihadist violence in Iraq, the Pentagon said.

US fighter planes escorted one C-17 and two C-130 cargo planes that dropped 72 bundles of supplies to thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Mount Sinjar, Iraq, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

The bundles included 3,804 gallons of drinking water and more than 16,000 packaged meals.

"To date, in coordination with the government of Iraq, US military aircraft have delivered 52,000 meals and 10,600 gallons of fresh drinking water, providing much-needed aid to Iraqis who urgently require emergency assistance," the Pentagon said.

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