The United States began an effort to drop humanitarian aid to trapped Iraqis on Thursday, while denying reports that American forces had conducted airstrikes in Kurdish territory.
US officials confirmed that flights to Iraq had begun to drop humanitarian supplies, CNN reported.
The emergency effort is being deployed to help a group of 40,000 Yazidis, a group of ethnic Kurds, who fled villages in northern Iraq under threat from ISIL.
Meanwhile, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby denied press reports saying that the US has conducted airstrikes in Iraq. "No such action taken".