The U.S. military on Tuesday conducted a fifth airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Mount Sinjar, Iraq, according to U.S. Central Command.
This air drop was conducted from multiple airbases within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, according to a press release, and included one C-17 and three C-130 cargo aircraft that together dropped a total of 76 bundles of supplies. U.S. fighter aircraft in the area supported the mission, the release said.
No South Carolina jet fighters are being used in air strikes on Islamic State troops or to accompany the aid drops, according to a spokesman for Ninth Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter. However, a C-17 from Joint Base Charleston delivered the first aid drop on Aug. 7, the spokesman said. Central Command has not identified transport jets used in subsequent drops.
On Tuesday, a C-17 dropped 40 container delivery system bundles of fresh drinking water totaling 3,804 gallons. In addition, the three C-130s dropped 36 bundles totaling 11,088 pre-packaged meals eat and 1,331 gallons of fresh drinking water.
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To date U.S. military aircraft, in coordination with the government of Iraq, have delivered more than 85,000 meals and more than 20,000 gallons of fresh drinking water, providing aid to the displaced Yazidis, who are besieged on the mountain by Islamic State forces.
“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,” Central Command said in a press release.
Department of Defense videos of humanitarian relief efforts in northern Iraq
Interview with C-17 aircrew