American Operations in Iraq

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 9, 2014

In his "Weekly Address" on August 9, 2014, President Barack Obama detailed why he authorized two operations in Iraq -- targeted military strikes to protect Americans serving in Iraq and humanitarian airdrops of food and water to help Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by terrorists.

On August 7, the U.S. military made its first airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Sinjar Iraq.  This mission was conducted from multiple airbases within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and included one C-17 and two C-130 aircraft that together dropped a total of 72 bundles of supplies. They were escorted by two F/A-18s also from an airbase within Central Command; the supply mission did not require any U.S. ground forces.

 

The C-17 dropped 40 "Container Delivery System" bundles of fresh drinking water and was complemented by a C-130 loaded with an additional 16 bundles totaling 5,300 gallons of fresh drinking water. In addition, one C-130 aircraft dropped 16 bundles totaling 8,000 meals ready to eat. The aircraft were over the drop area for less than fifteen minutes flying at a low altitude.

 

In this week's address, the President saluted America’s brave men and women in uniform for protecting our fellow Americans and helping to save the lives of innocent people. The President also made clear that the United States will not be dragged into another war in Iraq -- that American combat troops will not return -- because there is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq.

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azad k.
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Iraq
August 9, 2014
long life for us army help kurdish people in north iraq kurdistan
Ali A.
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Iowa, USA
August 9, 2014
Change is Possible .
PMW F.
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Canada
August 11, 2014

god bless you, praying for the people, been crying for two days now...and sending love to St George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, Iraq which i started following a couple years ago St George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, Iraq.

Michael K.
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Texas, USA
August 11, 2014
It is Imperative, I think, that the American Public be given every possible companioned info of these efforts; They MUST Understand the Why's & Wherefores and have info not given commonly in the Media Circuits.. These Events & This Age IS UNIQUE in our History.!, (both by virtue of Technology & Societal Variants) there can be no precedents to follow. I have Every Admiration for the Obama Administrations efforts and with due regard, continue to Trust in the calmly thought out crafted decisions being made. Much Courage & Fortitude is required. Acknowledging that these are difficult times & knowing in Prophecy they do not get better. Personally, I DO Consider that THESE ARE THOSE DAYS. That does not make me an extremist.. I consider it Wisdom to see the Clouds & realize the Storm approaches.. Be Blessed.

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