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US airdrops food to Iraq civilians threatened by IS: Pentagon WASHINGTON: US military planes dropped containers with water and tens of thousands of meals to civilians fleeing militants violence in Iraq, the Pentagon said late Friday.Three cargo planes escorted by two F/A-18 combat jets dropped the supplies, which were intended "for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Mount Sinjar, Iraq," the Pentagon said.The cargo planes - a C-17 and two C-130s - together dropped a total of 72 bundles of supplies, which included 28,224 individually packaged meals and 16 bundles containing 1,522 gallons of fresh drinking water.The combat jets were from the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, the statement read."To date, in coordination with the government of Iraq, US military aircraft have delivered 36,224 meals and 6,822 gallons of fresh drinking water, providing much-needed aid to Iraqis who urgently require emergency assistance," the Pentagon said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Obama vows to continue Iraq air strikes 'if necessary' WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Saturday vowed to continue air strikes against Iraqi militants if needed to protect US diplomats and military advisors.Speaking in his weekly address, Obama said that he had authorized the strikes in Iraq to protect US personnel serving in the northern city of Arbil. "And, if necessary, that's what we will continue to do," he said.Obama said he had also authorized a "humanitarian effort" to help displaced civilians trapped by ...
Major airlines avoid Iraqi skies WASHINGTON: International airlines steered clear of Iraq on Friday after Washington banned American air carriers from Iraqi skies in the immediate wake of US air strikes on Islamist fighters.Flights to and from the Gulf and beyond, which typically would have taken airways through Iraq, favoured parallel routes via Iran instead, according to real-time flight tracking indicated a long stream of airliners on Friday evening Middle East time, flying single file through western Iranian and ...
FAA bans US civilian flights over Iraq WASHINGTON: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned all US civilian flights over Iraq on Friday, just hours after air strikes ordered by Washington on Islamist fighters.British Airways meanwhile stopped over-flying Iraq, while Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Turkish Airlines joined Etihad in halting services to the main Kurdish city of Arbil.In a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), the FAA cited the "potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" between Islamic State militants and Iraqi security forces ...
Iraq army chief expects 'huge changes' after US strikes KIRKUK: Iraq's army chief of staff said he expects federal troops and Kurdish peshmerga forces to reclaim large swathes of land after the US began air strikes Friday against militant positions."There will be huge changes on the ground in the coming hours," Lieutenant General Babaker Zebari told AFP, moments after the Pentagon confirmed its first air raids against the Islamic State."The US airforce is targeting Daash (Islamic State) bases in Makhmur and in the Sinjar ...
Egypt says Gaza talks had made progress, urges new truce CAIRO: Egypt, mediating talks to end the Gaza conflict, called for an extension of a ceasefire that expired on Friday, with the foreign ministry saying progress had been made in the negotiations.Hamas and the other group in the Gaza Strip had rejected another 72-hour truce, accusing Israel of stalling. The Palestinians were meeting in Cairo again to reassess that position.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Palestinian child killed in Israeli strike on Gaza GAZA CITY: An Israeli air strike killed a 10-year-old child in Gaza City on Friday, the first death reported since a 72-hour truce expired at 0500 GMT, Palestinian medics said."A 10-year-old was killed in an Israeli air strike on a mosque in Sheikh Radwan," a northern Gaza City neighbourhood, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.Qudra noted that another six people, one of them a woman, were wounded in the same attack.Israel announced earlier it ...


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