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U.S. Airdrops Aid in Support of Iraqi Humanitarian Efforts

From a U.S. Central Command News Release

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TAMPA, Fla., October 28, 2014 — U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft conducted an airdrop yesterday near Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, to provide humanitarian aid for delivery by Iraqi security forces to members of the Iraqi Albu Nimr tribe, U.S. Central Command officials reported today.

In response to a request from the Iraqi government, the aircraft delivered more than 7,000 halal meals, Centcom officials said. Iraqi forces retrieved the meals and delivered them to the tribe, who recently relocated from their homes near Hit, Iraq, to flee aggression by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, they added.

The C-130 aircraft are deployed to the Centcom area of responsibility, and they left the airdrop zone safely, officials said.