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Southland military units to aid in Pakistan flood relief

Helicopters from a San Diego-based ship and Marines from Camp Pendleton are joining the flood relief effort in monsoon-struck Pakistan, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.

The 19 cargo-carrying helicopters are aboard the amphibious assault ship Peleliu and other ships in its strike group, now in international waters off Pakistan. Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are aboard the same ships.

The Navy and Marine Corps helicopters will relieve six Army helicopters that have been bringing supplies to flood-stricken areas. The Peleliu strike group and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit have been on a training mission in the Western Pacific.

"Pakistan is our friend and ally, and in their time of need, we're committed to partnering with their government and military," said Marine Gen. James Mattis, commander of the U.S. Central Command.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter lifts off from the amphibious assault ship Peleliu.

Credit: Marine Corps

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It's about time we show them who their allies really are.
Hopefully these actions will help to change hearts and minds over in that very troubled region of the world.

A friend in need is a friend indeed. I hope the Pakistanis will appreciate this American gesture.

Where are the Muslim countries? The only countries I see being reported as giving aid are Britain, China, Australia, France and the United States. All Western, "Christian" counties with the exception of China. The Muslim countries, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Jordan, Syria, etc.. remind me of Jessie Jackson. You only hear from them(him), is when they are trying to stir up trouble/hate against the whites/western world. Yet the "caring" liberal mainstream media won't report the lack of aid(or the little amount of aid) from Islamic countries.


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