US conducts airstrikes, drops aid in Iraq

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Iraqi tribesmen carry their weapons as they gather to show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities, on June 16, 2014 in the southern city of Basra . Faced with a militant offensive sweeping south toward Baghdad, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced the Iraqi government would arm and equip civilians who volunteer to fight, and thousands have signed up. (Photo credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

AMIRLI, Iraq (CNN) – The United States carried out humanitarian airdrops to the Iraqi town of Amirli, where thousands of minority Shiite Turkmen have been surrounded and cut off by ISIS fighters, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Saturday.

The U.S. military also conducted “coordinated airstrikes” against ISIS targets as part of an effort to support the humanitarian assistance operation, he said.

Australia, France and the UK also participated in the aid drop.

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