The U.S. military carried out a second humanitarian airdrop Friday night to provide food and water to the tens of thousands of stranded Iraqis fleeing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, the Pentagon announced.
The drop was the second effort to supply the tens of thousands of civilians, largely ethnic Yazidi, who sought shelter on the mountain as Kurdish forces have suffered setbacks at the hands of the Islamist militant group. ISIS has continued a weeklong military campaign along the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region’s borders; the group is now some 25 miles from the Kurdish capital of Erbil, the Wall Street Journal reports.
According to the Pentagon, one C-17 and two C-130 cargo aircraft participated in Friday’s airdrop, escorted by two F/A-18s from the USS George H.W. Bush.
“To date, in coordination with the government of Iraq, U.S. military aircraft have delivered…
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