WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. military on Saturday evening conducted a third airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi people threatened by Islamic State (IS) militants, U.S. Central Command said.
"This airdrop was conducted from multiple airbases within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and included one C-17 and two C-130 cargo aircraft that together dropped a total of 72 bundles of supplies," U.S. Central Command said in a statement.
To date, in coordination with the government of Iraq, U.S. military aircraft have delivered more than 52,000 meals and more than 10,600 gallons of fresh drinking water, it added.
U.S. Central Command said the U.S. military will continue to work with international partners to assess the need for additional humanitarian operations in Iraq.
The British defense ministry has said its forces are to drop food aid for members of the Yazidi community and others under threat from IS militants in Iraq.
U.S. President Barack Obama said earlier Saturday that the targeted airstrikes and humanitarian airdrop efforts in Iraq he authorized two days ago could continue for some time.
But he refused to give a particular timetable, saying "I don't think we are going to solve this problem in weeks."
Since Obama gave the green light, U.S. warplanes have so far carried out three rounds of strikes against IS targets near the northern Iraqi city of Erbil.
But the president made clear that his administration would not send ground troops back to Iraq.