US military aircraft dropped meals and water for Iraqis threatened by Islamist militants in northern Iraq, a senior US defense official said on Thursday.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the supplies were dropped near Sinjar, an area that some Iraqi minorities call home in the far northwest of the country.
"The mission was conducted by a number of US military aircraft under the direction of US Central Command. The aircraft that dropped the humanitarian supplies have now safely exited the immediate airspace over the drop area," the official said.
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