US air drops food to Iraq civilians

Washington - US military planes dropped containers with water and tens of thousands of meals to civilians fleeing jihadist violence in Iraq, the Pentagon said late on Friday.

Three cargo planes escorted by two F/A-18 combat jets dropped the supplies, which were intended "for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Mount Sinjar, Iraq," the Pentagon said.

The cargo planes - a C-17 and two C-130s - together dropped a total of 72 bundles of supplies, which included 28 224 individually packaged meals and 16 bundles containing 5 761 litres of fresh drinking water.

The combat jets were from the USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier, the statement read.

"To date, in co-ordination with the government of Iraq, US military aircraft have delivered 36 224 meals and 25 824litres of fresh drinking water, providing much-needed aid to Iraqis who urgently require emergency assistance," the Pentagon said.

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Chris Lombard 2014-08-09 12:44:44 PM
Huh?? Who thought the US would do that, we are under impression that only Russia’s putin is so kind hearted
Derek Bredenkamp 2014-08-09 01:06:38 PM
Bombs one day and food the next?
Anthoula Joshua 2014-08-09 01:42:55 PM
Why the negative comments. Who cares if there is an agenda. I am sure those people are greatful for the food, water and some protection. Thank you USA. God bless those soldiers for helping.
Enig Ma 2014-08-09 01:47:55 PM these islamist terrorists.
Ras Jah Moolka Selassie 2014-08-09 02:43:53 PM
If US didn't kill Sadaam Hussein n people of iraq in the so called war, the situation wouldn't be that way in Iraq, all the suffering we are seeing in that country now, its US's fault, they killed people of iraq, while seeking nucleur weapon which they never found, innocent people died, today there is no stability in iraq, all was good before US interfared on that country, yes providing food aid is good, but we must not forget who caused that situation
Makhulu Zulu 2014-08-09 04:08:58 PM
USA made a mess of Iraq. Some food is not gonna help.
Jayden 2014-08-09 07:22:31 PM
This people is mad killing their own people and looking for sympathy, not getting mine ,Killing Christian and taking children for shields .
rorypreddy 2014-08-09 07:30:19 PM
Yay America!