US drops humanitarian aid in besieged Iraq town: Pentagon

Smoke billows during fighting between Iraqi security forces, backed by Turkmen Shiite fighters, and Islamic State Sunni militants on August 4, 2014 in Amerli, some 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of BaghdadThe US military on Saturday dropped humanitarian aid to the besieged Iraqi town of Amerli, home to thousands of Shia Turkomen cut off by jihadist rebels from receiving food, water, and medical supplies. “At the request of the government of Iraq, the United States military today airdropped humanitarian aid to the town of Amerli,” said Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby. The humanitarian aid was delivered in conjunction with “coordinated airstrikes against nearby ISIL terrorists in order to support this humanitarian assistance operation,” the US military officer said, referring to the Islamic State (IS) forces also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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