Air Mobility Command provides aid to Iraq; local congressmen support Obama
A day after three Air Mobility Command cargo aircraft dropped desperately needed food and water onto a mountain in northern Iraq, metro-east lawmakers stood united in their support of President Barack Obama's decision to launch air strikes against Islamic militants in that troubled nation.
The air drop of food and water took place over Mount Sinjar, in northwestern Iraq, where more than 40,000 Iraqi refugees have sought sanctuary from Islamist militants who had threatened to slaughter them.
A C-17 cargo plane from Charleston Air Force Base, in South Carolina, dropped 40 bundles of drinking water on Mount Sinjar, while two C-130s cargo aircraft assigned to the U.S. military's Central Command dropped more water and food, according to Mark Voorhis, an AMC spokesman.
About 5,300 gallons of drinking water and 8,000 ready-to-eat meals were supplied to the refugees, most of them members of the Yazidi religious minority, who have been threatened with genocide by Sunni militants fighting for the extremist Islamic State.
The Air Mobility Command is headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, near Mascoutah.
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