A French Air Force C-160 Transall taking off from its homebase of Évreux (Image © Dennis Spronk)

French air-drop freight over Northern Iraq

A French Air Force C-160 Transall taking off from its homebase of Évreux (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A French Air Force C-160 Transall taking off from its homebase of Évreux (Image © Dennis Spronk)

A pair of French Air Force C-160 Transall transport aircraft from Évreux Airbase executed n air-drop mission over Northern Iraq on 30 and 31 August. Together with French Army personnel of the 1er Régiment du train parachutiste (RTP) the planes dropped 3 tons of emergency humanitarian aid at night near the city of Amirli.

The United States, Australia and the United Kingdom contributed to the coordination of this operation, meant to save lives amongst the 12,000 refugees held at gunpoint by rebels of the so-called Islamic State in the area. They have besieged Amirli for two months.

Both planes flew from the United Arab Emirates, where they form a Groupement de Transport Opérationnel.

Source: Armée de l’Air

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