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AF conducts airstrikes against ISIL, airdrops humanitarian aid near Amirli

Senior Airman Jon Woerzburger awaits engine start prior to a Aug. 30, 2014, humanitarian airdrop mission over Amirli, Iraq. The two C-17 Globemaster IIIs dropped 79 container delivery system bundles of fresh drinking water totaling 7,513 gallons. In addition, two U.S. C-130 Hercules aircraft dropped 30 bundles totaling 3,032 gallons of fresh drinking water and 7,056 meals ready to eat. Woerzburg is a C-17 flying crew chief with the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young

Senior Airman Jon Woerzburger awaits engine start prior to a Aug. 30, 2014, humanitarian airdrop mission over Amirli, Iraq. The two C-17 Globemaster IIIs dropped 79 container delivery system bundles of fresh drinking water totaling 7,513 gallons. In addition, two U.S. C-130 Hercules aircraft dropped 30 bundles totaling 3,032 gallons of fresh drinking water and 7,056 meals ready to eat. Woerzburg is a C-17 flying crew chief with the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young

Senior Airman Paul Maginnis prepares to open the back door on a C-17 Globemaster III during a humanitarian air drop of 40 container delivery system bundles filled with fresh drinking water  Aug. 31, 2014, over the area of Amirli, Iraq. Lights are dimmed or shut off completely to lower visibility to threats from the ground. The airdrop included two C-17s and two C-130 Hercules delivering 10,545 gallons of fresh drinking water and 7,056 Halal Meals Ready to Eat. Maginnis is a 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

Senior Airman Paul Maginnis prepares to open the back door on a C-17 Globemaster III during a humanitarian air drop of 40 container delivery system bundles filled with fresh drinking water Aug. 31, 2014, over the area of Amirli, Iraq. Lights are dimmed or shut off completely to lower visibility to threats from the ground. The airdrop included two C-17s and two C-130 Hercules delivering 10,545 gallons of fresh drinking water and 7,056 Halal Meals Ready to Eat. Maginnis is a 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

TAMPA, Fla. (AFNS) -- At the request of the government of Iraq, the U.S. military conducted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to address the humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amirli, Iraq, at approximately 8:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 31.

Two months ago, hundreds of ISIL terrorists advanced on Amirli cutting off food, water, and medical supplies to thousands of Shia Turkomen living there. ISIL has since blocked many attempts by Iraqi security forces and the United Nations from delivering critical supplies to Amirli, threatening the remaining population.

At the request of the Iraqi government, U.S. forces airdropped 109 bundles of much-needed humanitarian aid to the people of Amirli, including the Shia Turkomen minority ethnic group. Two U.S. C-17 Globemaster IIIs and two U.S. C-130 Hercules airdropped the supplies, delivering approximately 10,500 gallons of fresh drinking water and approximately 7,000 meals ready to eat. In addition, aircraft from Australia, France, and the United Kingdom also dropped humanitarian aid.

To support the delivery of this humanitarian assistance, the U.S. military also conducted three airstrikes in coordination with the isolated Iraqi security forces responsible for protecting Amirli.

Fighter aircraft struck and destroyed three ISIL Humvees, one ISIL armed vehicle, one ISIL checkpoint and one ISIL tank near Amirli. All aircraft safely exited the area.

The president authorized these airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to civilians in the town of Amirli. These operations will be limited in their scope and duration as necessary to address this emerging humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amirli.

U.S Central Command has conducted a total of 118 airstrikes across Iraq.

(Information courtesy of U.S. Central Command Public Affairs)

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