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U.S. planes drop 34,000 more food packets over Afghanistan

October 29, 2001

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— American cargo jets dropped 34,000 more packets of food over Afghanistan overnight in the U.S. aid effort that has accompanied strikes on military targets, an Air Force spokesman said Monday.

The latest mission, in which two C-17 planes dropped the rations over northwestern Afghanistan, brings to some 960,000 the number of packages dropped so far, said Master Sgt. Randy Mitchell, a spokesman for U.S. Air Force Europe at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

The start of the airdrops coincided with the beginning of U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan Oct. 7. Aid missions have taken place most nights since.

Each packet provides a 2,200-calorie daily ration of foods such as barley stew, rice, fruit pastries and peanut butter. The packets are dropped out of boxes from the back of the cargo planes.

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