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U.S. provides aid to Yezidis, strikes ISIL mortar position

Capts. Andrea Delosreyes, Trent Parker and Airman 1st Class Kevin Haggith, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew, step to their aircraft for an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 11, 2014. The aircrew is scheduled to offload more than 40,000 gallons of fuel to Fighter Aircraft completing missions in Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Capts. Andrea Delosreyes, Trent Parker and Airman 1st Class Kevin Haggith, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew, step to their aircraft for an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 11, 2014. The aircrew is scheduled to offload more than 40,000 gallons of fuel to Fighter Aircraft completing missions in Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Tech. Sgt. Gautambhai Patel operates a forklift to help ready humanitarian aid pallets at a location in Southwest Asia Aug., 11, 2014. The pallets consist of food and water for humanitarian aid drops to assist displaced citizens in the vicinity of Sinjar, Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Cates)

Tech. Sgt. Gautambhai Patel operates a forklift to help ready humanitarian aid pallets at a location in Southwest Asia Aug., 11, 2014. The pallets consist of food and water for humanitarian aid drops to assist displaced citizens in the vicinity of Sinjar, Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Cates)

Capt. Kristin Swenson, chaplain, ties a knot for a tie on a pallet at a location in Southwest Asia Aug., 11, 2014. Volunteers from across the base came out to help build pallets of humanitarian aid. The pallets consist of food and water for humanitarian aid drops to assist displaced citizens in the vicinity of Sinjar, Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Cates)

Capt. Kristin Swenson, chaplain, ties a knot for a tie on a pallet at a location in Southwest Asia Aug., 11, 2014. Volunteers from across the base came out to help build pallets of humanitarian aid. The pallets consist of food and water for humanitarian aid drops to assist displaced citizens in the vicinity of Sinjar, Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Cates)

Service member volunteers push a completed pallet of food and water to prepare it for loading onto aircraft at a location in Southwest Asia Aug. 11, 2014. Volunteers from across the base came out to help build pallets of humanitarian aid. The pallets are being airdropped to displaced citizens in the vicinity of Sinjar, Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Cates)

Service member volunteers push a completed pallet of food and water to prepare it for loading onto aircraft at a location in Southwest Asia Aug. 11, 2014. Volunteers from across the base came out to help build pallets of humanitarian aid. The pallets are being airdropped to displaced citizens in the vicinity of Sinjar, Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Cates)

Airman 1st Class Kevin Haggith, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator, reads through a boom operator checklist prior to providing fuel to an F-16 Fighting Falcon over Iraq, Aug. 12, 2014. As the boom operator for the mission, Haggith is responsible for assisting the aircraft commander, off-loading fuel to receivers, briefing passengers and recording the mission through computer devices. The aircrew off-loaded 40,000 gallons of fuel to Fighter Aircraft completing missions in Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Airman 1st Class Kevin Haggith, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator, reads through a boom operator checklist prior to providing fuel to an F-16 Fighting Falcon over Iraq, Aug. 12, 2014. As the boom operator for the mission, Haggith is responsible for assisting the aircraft commander, off-loading fuel to receivers, briefing passengers and recording the mission through computer devices. The aircrew off-loaded 40,000 gallons of fuel to Fighter Aircraft completing missions in Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Capt. Trent Parker, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, reads a pre-flight checklist prior to an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 12, 2014. As the co-pilot for the mission, Parker is responsible for assisting the aircraft commander to complete the mission, takeoffs and landings. The aircrew is scheduled to offload more than 40,000 gallons of fuel to fighter aircraft completing missions in Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Capt. Trent Parker, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, reads a pre-flight checklist prior to an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 12, 2014. As the co-pilot for the mission, Parker is responsible for assisting the aircraft commander to complete the mission, takeoffs and landings. The aircrew is scheduled to offload more than 40,000 gallons of fuel to fighter aircraft completing missions in Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Capts. Andrea Delosreyes, Trent Parker and Airman 1st Class Kevin Haggith, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker pilots and boom operator, discuss a pre-flight checklist with maintainers of the 340th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prior to an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 11, 2014. The aircrew is scheduled to offload more than 40,000 gallons of fuel to Fighter Aircraft completing missions in Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Capts. Andrea Delosreyes, Trent Parker and Airman 1st Class Kevin Haggith, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker pilots and boom operator, discuss a pre-flight checklist with maintainers of the 340th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prior to an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 11, 2014. The aircrew is scheduled to offload more than 40,000 gallons of fuel to Fighter Aircraft completing missions in Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Capt. Andrea Delosreyes, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, inspects the boom with Airman 1st Class Christopher Morgan and Jacob Manuel, 340th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker engine mechanics, panel prior to an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 12, 2014. Prior to each mission, the aircraft commander does a walk-around inspection to validate the safety of the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Capt. Andrea Delosreyes, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, inspects the boom with Airman 1st Class Christopher Morgan and Jacob Manuel, 340th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker engine mechanics, panel prior to an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 12, 2014. Prior to each mission, the aircraft commander does a walk-around inspection to validate the safety of the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

TAMPA (AFNS) --

The U.S. military conducted a sixth airdrop last night of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Mount Sinjar, Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials said.

 

This airdrop was conducted from multiple air bases in the Centcom 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, officials said.

 

The C-17s dropped 80 container delivery system bundles of fresh drinking water totaling 7,608 gallons. The C-130s dropped 28 bundles totaling 14,112 packaged meals.

 

To date, in coordination with the Iraqi government, U.S. military aircraft have delivered nearly 100,000 meals and more than 27,000 gallons of fresh drinking water, providing much-needed aid to the displaced Yezidis, who fled to the mountain to escape ISIL terrorists.

 

Also yesterday, U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists. A remotely piloted aircraft struck and destroyed an ISIL mortar position that was firing on Kurdish forces defending Yezidi civilians north of Sinjar who were attempting to evacuate.

 

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