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When soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team lost contact with their small Raven unmanned aerial vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, on Wednesday, they naturally began to search for it.

But after they failed to find the battery-powered Raven, the Baghdad-based coalition press information center issued a release announcing the end of the search and asking Mosul residents to keep an eye out for the $35,000, 4½-pound spy plane.

If found, the release states, the 38-inch-long, remote-controlled drone should be returned to any coalition military base.

U.S. airdrops relief supplies in AfghanistanBAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — The U.S. military airdropped more than 14,000 pounds of humanitarian relief supplies Thursday and Friday near the town of Bamyan in central Afghanistan.

Eight bundles, consisting of winter clothing, beans, rice, cooking oil, tarps, health kits, tool kits and blankets were dropped, according to Lt. Col. Jerry O’Hara, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-76.

O’Hara said the task force, which features substantial airborne assets, is well-suited to take on the task.

This was the first airdrop of the year for the task force, which will be conducting similar operations throughout the winter as needed.

“As the cold winter months come to Afghanistan in force, we’ve found that we are in a unique position to help those who are suffering the most,” Air Force Lt. Col. Josh Jose, the task force’s deputy chief of operations, was quoted as saying in a news release.

U.S. teams on the ground are distributing the supplies with the cooperation of local Afghan leaders.


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