Video shows U.S. aircraft dropping aid to Iraqi civilians

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The United States Central Command posted on YouTube four videos showing U.S. military aircraft targeting militants and dropping aid to civilians in Northern Iraq.

The U.S. said its aircraft dropped on Thursday 40 containers of bundles of “5,300 gallons of fresh drinking water” and 16 other 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,” it said.

Thousands of Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking minority following an ancient faith rooted in Zoroastrianism, fled their homes a week ago when ISIS militants attacked the town of Sinjar.

Many of them have since been stranded in the nearby mountain range, with no food and water in searing temperatures.