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U.S. Conducts Another Humanitarian Airdrop in
DoD News, Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. – (DoD News) – August 8, 2014 – Tonight, the U.S.
military conducted another successful airdrop of food and water for thousands of
Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Mount
Sinjar, Iraq, according to a Defense Department news release.
This airdrop was conducted from multiple airbases within the U.S. Central
Command area of responsibility and as with last night, included one C-17 and two
C-130 cargo aircraft that together dropped a total of 72 bundles of supplies.
The cargo aircraft were escorted by two F/A-18s from the USS George H.W. Bush,
the release said.
Straps secure water bundles aboard a C-17 Globemaster
III before a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq, Aug. 8, 2014
Expeditionary Airlift Squadron aircrew airdropped 40 bundles of water for
displaced citizens near Sinjar, Iraq
The C-17 dropped some 40 container delivery system bundles of meals ready to
eat and was complemented by a C-130 loaded with an additional 16 bundles
totaling 28,224 meals, according to the release. In addition, one C-130 dropped
16 bundles totaling 1,522 gallons of fresh drinking water.
To date, in coordination with the government of Iraq, U.S. military aircraft
have delivered 36,224 meals and 6,822 gallons of fresh drinking water, providing
much-needed aid to Iraqis who urgently require emergency assistance, the release
The United States military will continue to work with the Department of State as
well as international partners including the government of Iraq, the United
Nations, and non-government organizations to assess the need for additional
humanitarian operations in Iraq going forward, the release said.
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