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Airpower Over Iraq? We’ll Never Be Over Iraq

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Yesterday, the Air Force dropped 8000 MREs and 5300 gallons of water to Yazidi refugees on Mt. Sinjar.  That’s enough water for roughly 8000 refugees for one day; the MREs can be stretched farther.  USN F/A-18s escorted the mission.  If the US is serious about maintaining the Yazidi, it will need to either scale up the airlift by a factor of five, or use airstrikes to open a corridor for supply from Kurdish held territory.

On that point, F/A-18s struck ISIL artillery near Erbil this morning.  No indication yet of how widely the administration intends to bomb, or of the operational purposes it hopes to achieve.

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