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US airdrops food to Iraq civilians threatened by IS: Pentagon

Sailors guide an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier in the Gulf on August 8, 2014
This August 8, 2014 US Navy handout photo shows sailors as they guide an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Gulf

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

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 late Friday.

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 1,522 gallons of fresh drinking water.

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

"To date, in coordination with the government of Iraq, US military aircraft have delivered 36,224 meals and 6,822 gallons of fresh drinking water, providing much-needed aid to Iraqis who urgently require emergency assistance," the Pentagon said.

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