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Aug. 12: Update on Humanitarian Assistance Operations Near Sinjar, Iraq

Release No: UNRELEASED Aug. 12, 2014 PRINT | E-MAIL

August 12, 2014

RELEASE #20140813
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TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 12, 2014 - Tonight, the U.S. military conducted a sixth airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Mount Sinjar, Iraq.

This airdrop was conducted from multiple airbases within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and included two C-17 and two C-130 cargo aircraft that together dropped a total of 108 bundles of supplies. U.S. fighter aircraft in the area supported the mission.

The two C-17s dropped 80 container delivery system bundles of fresh drinking water totaling 7,608 gallons. In addition, the two C-130s dropped 28 bundles totaling 14,112 meals ready to eat.

To date, in coordination with the government of Iraq, U.S. military aircraft have delivered up to 100,000 meals and more than 27,000 gallons of fresh drinking water, providing much-needed aid to the displaced Yazidis, who urgently require emergency assistance.

The United States military will continue to work with the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, 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.