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[Kurdish chief, full-length portrait, standing, facing front]

Members of an air detachment from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 (NMCB-133) use a loader equipped with a backhoe to clear a drainage area as they repair an Iraqi airfield. The Seabees are repairing the airfield, which had been under construction prior to the start of the Persian Gulf war, to allow relief supplies to be flown in for nearby Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort

A Marine leads a group of Kurdish men on a tour of a refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq. U.S. and allied troops established the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multination effort to aid the thousands of Kurds who fled their homes after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm

A combat photographer focuses on the surrounding countryside as Kurdish refugees gather to speak with a passerby on a road near Zakhu. The refugees are en route to a tent city established by Allied forces as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an effort to aid those fleeing the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A member of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 works with drilling equipment near a Kurdish refugee tent city. A well is being drilled as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A U.S. soldier, armed with an M-16A2 rifle, helps Kurdish refugees moves supplies from a landing zone to a camp. The material is being provided as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish refugees fill containers with purified water on the outskirts of their tent city near Zakhu. Such necessities are being proved as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid those fleeing the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A Kurdish boy eats a piece of bread that was given to him by British soldiers on the outskirts of the city. U.S. and coalition troops are in Zakhu as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

A Kurdish refugee sits atop a stack of supplies on the outskirts of the tent city where he resides. Supplies are being delivered to the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish children talk to a U.S. Marine at a camp site on the outskirts of the city. U.S. and coalition troops are in Zakhu as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

An aerial view of one of the Kurdish refugee camps near the Turkey-Iraq border. Thousands of Kurds fled into Turkey after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm. Troops from the U.S. and other nations are working at the camps to distribute aid and prepare the refugees for a move to organized camps within Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Kurdish children sit in their family's tent at a refugee camp near the Turkey-Iraq border. Thousands of Kurds fled into Turkey after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm. Troops from the U.S. and other nations have come to the camp to distribute aid and prepare the refugees for a move to organized camps within Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Kurdish refugee children run toward a CH-53G helicopter of the German Army during Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid Kurdish refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A Navy dentist examines a Kurdish woman in a medical tent during Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

Kurdish refugees gather a U.S. soldier as they move supplies from a landing zone to a camp. The material is being provided as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish refugees converse in a field beside a tent city on the outskirts of Zakhu as an UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter delivers supplies in the background. The encampment was established as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid those fleeing the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish children give the "thumbs up" to a photographer as they stand near a road sign on the edge of the city. U.S. and coalition troops are in Zakhu as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

Kurdish refugees fill containers with purified water on the outskirts of their tent city near Zakhu. Such necessities are being proved as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid those fleeing the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish men at a refugee camp near the Turkey-Iraq border gather outside a barbed-wire enclosure to pick up food for their families. Thousands of Kurds fled into Turkey after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm. Troops from the U.S. and other nations have come to the camp to distribute aid and prepare the refugees for a move to organized camps within Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort

CPT John G. Worman, co-pilot, flies a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 (HMM-264) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter on a supply delivery mission. The material will be delivered to Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A military camp and a Kurdish refugee camp are situated side by side on the plain. Military personnel are in the area as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein northern Iraq

Kurdish refugees board a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter for transfer from their mountain camp to a newly established tent city at Zakhu. The tent city was established as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid Kurdish refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

U.S. military personnel coordinate the day's activities in their base camp, situated near a Kurdish refugee camp at Silopi. Military personnel are in the area as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Led by LT William Finn, left, their officer in charge, members from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 (NMCB-133) haul a hose up a dirt embankment to drain the water from a bomb crater in the runway at an Iraqi airfield. The Seabees are repairing the airfield, which had been under construction prior to the start of the Persian Gulf war, to allow relief supplies to be flown in for nearby Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort

An aerial view of a Kurdish village near the Turkey-Iraq border. Thousands of Kurds fled into Turkey after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm. Troops from the U.S. and other nations are working at the Kurdish refugee camps to distribute aid and prepare the refugees for a move to organized camps within Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Kurdish families pass the time at a refugee camp near the Turkey-Iraq border. Thousands of Kurds fled into Turkey after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm. Troops from the U.S. and other nations have come to the camp to distribute aid and prepare the refugees for a move to organized camps within Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Kurdish men listen to a briefing after arriving at a refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq. U.S. and allied troops established the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid the thousands of Kurds who fled their homes after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm

An aerial view of one of th Kurdish refugee camps near the Turkey-Iraq border. Thousands of Kurds fled into Turkey after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm. Troops from the U.S. and other nations are working at the camps to distribute aid and prepare the refugees for a move to organized camps within Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Soldiers fill containers with purified water for Kurdish refugees on the outskirts of a tent city near Zakhu. Such necessities are being provided as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid those fleeing the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Two members of an air detachment from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 (NMCB-133) set up a gasoline-powered pump to drain the water from a bomb crater in the runway at an Iraqi airfield. The Seabees are repairing the airfield, which had been under construction prior to the start of the Persian Gulf war, to allow relief supplies to be flown in for nearby Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort

An UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, foreground, and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters stand in a field near a tent city housing Kurdish refugees. The camp was established as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

U.S. military personnel and Kurdish refugees unload supplies from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. Military personnel are in the area as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Local residents stand outside their home, situated near a Kurdish refugee camp. Such camps are being established by Allied military personnel during Operation Provide Comfort, an effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish men sit in the shade beneath a tent fly at a refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq. U.S. and allied troops established the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid the thousands of Kurds who fled their homes after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm

Kurdish refugees gather around stacks of supplies delivered to their tent city as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A Kurdish refugee camp covers a mountainside in northern Iraq. Supplies are being delivered to the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A Seabee operates the backhoe attached to the rear of a loader as members of an air detachment from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 (NMCB-133) repair the runway at an Iraqi airfield. The Seabees are repairing the airfield, which had been under construction prior to the start of the Persian Gulf war, to allow relief supplies to be flown in for nearby Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort

U.S. military personnel and Kurdish refugees unload supplies from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. Military personnel are in the area as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

CPT John G. Worman, co-pilot, flies a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 (HMM-264) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter on a supply delivery mission. The material will be delivered to Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish refugees carry RPG-7 portable rocket launchers as they prepare to move from their mountain encampment to a tent city established by Allied forces. Such facilities are being established throughout the are as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 use a 600-foot water well drilling system as they drill a well near a Kurdish refugee tent city. The work is being done as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Seabees from a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 (NMCB-133) air detachment work on a section of damaged runway at an Iraqi airfield. The Seabees are repairing the airfield, which had been under construction prior to the start of the Persian Gulf war, to allow relief supplies to be flown in for nearby Kurdish refugees as part of OPERATION PROVIDE COMFORT

Members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 use a 600-foot water well drilling system as they drill as well near a Kurdish refugee tent city. The work is being done as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A U.S. Army soldier greets SGT John J. Tourish following the Marine's arrival at a landing zone by CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. Tourish is delivering supplies for Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish children standing behind concertina wire watch as Marines set up a tent city. Allied forces are setting up the camp site, the first to be constructed, as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an effort to aid Kurdish refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

An aerial view of part of an Iraqi airfield being repaired by members of a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 (NMCB-133) air detachment. The Seabees are repairing the airfield, which had been under construction prior to the start of the Persian Gulf war, to allow relief supplies to be flown in for nearby Kurdish refugees as part of OPERATION PROVIDE COMFORT

Discarded belongings of a Kurdish refugee family litter a deserted barracks which they used as a shelter while fleeing the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A UH-1N Iroquois, UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter stand in line at a helicopter landing area near a Kurdish refugee camp. The helicopters are being used during Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A Kurdish man sits in the grass after arriving at a refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq. U.S. and allied troops established the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid the thousands of Kurds who fled their homes after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm

SSGT Lee Tibbits shares a snack with Kurdish refugee children at their tent city in Zakhu. The camp was established as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid Kurdish refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A view of a Kurdish refugee camp near the Turkey-Iraq border. Thousands of Kurds fled into Turkey after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm. Troops from the U.S. and other nations have come to the camp to distribute aid and prepare the refugees for a move to organized camps within Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Kurdish refugee children gather by a stream as a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter flies over their tent city near Zakhu. The camp was established as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish men wait to begin a tour of a refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq. U.S. and allied troops established the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid the thousands of Kurds who fled their homes after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm

Kurdish refugee children walk along a road near the first established tent city along the Turkey-Iraq border, under construction as part of Operation Provide Comfort. Allied forces are constructing the tent city in an effort to aid Kurds who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A Kurdish man shades his face with a piece of cardboard as he sits in the grass after arriving at a refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq. U.S. and allied troops established the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid the thousands of Kurds who fled their homes after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm

Kurdish refugees await dental and medical treatment at a field facility. The treatment is being administered as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Led by Marine STAFF SGT. T.J. Lewnes, a group of Kurdish men crosses a field while touring a refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq. U.S. and allied troops established the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid the thousands of Kurds who fled their homes after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm

Kurdish children play as their mothers tend cooking fires at a refugee camp near the Turkey-Iraq border. Thousands of Kurds fled into Turkey after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm. Troops from the U.S. and other nations have come to the camp to distribute aid and prepare the refugees for a move to organized camps within Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort

A Kurdish boy smiles as he carries the bread and field rations that were given to him by British soldiers on the outskirts of the city. U.S. and coalition troops are in Zakhu as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

A Kurdish refugee camp covers a mountainside in northern Iraq. Supplies are being delivered to the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish refugees gather around a CH-47 Chinook helicopter delivering supplies to a camp site set up by Allied forces. Camp sites are being set up along the Turkey-Iraq border as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish children follow a U.S. soldier as he moves supplies from a helicopter landing zone to a refugee camp. The material is being provided as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish refugees walk on a mountainside near their camp after receiving a delivery of supplies by helicopter. The material is being provided as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

U.S. soldiers approach a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter for transportation to another area after completing a patrol of the region. The helicopter is unloading supplies for Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

U.S. military personnel load supplies onto a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. The material will be delivered to Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish refugees gather around a CH-47 Chinook helicopter delivering supplies to a camp site set up by Allied forces. Camp sites are being set up along the Turkey-Iraq border as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

SGT Robert D. Holcomb, maintenance management chief for the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, mans a .50-caliber machine gun in the helicopter's doorway as it approaches a Kurdish refugee camp on a supply delivery. The CH-53 is transporting material as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A .50-caliber machine gun points from the doorway of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as the helicopter approaches a mountainside. The Super Stallion is enroute to a Kurdish refugee camp to deliver supplies. The supplies are being provided as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter hovers over a Kurdish refugee tent city as it prepares to make a supply delivery as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish refugees prepare to board a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter for transportation from their mountain camp to a newly established tent city near Zakhu. The tent city was established as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid Kurdish refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish refugees prepare to board a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter for transportation from their mountain camp to a tent city near Zakhu. The tent city was established as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid Kurdish refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Pallets of cargo await loading onto an Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft resupplying Kurdish refugee camps along the Turkey-Iraq border during Operation Provide Comfort. By late April, Incirlik had shipped 22,500 short tons of food, water, clothing, shelter materials and support equipment to the Kurds

A young Kurdish refugee tends a cooking fire outside her family's tent in northern Iraq. U.S. and coalition forces are setting up shelter and providing food to the refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Kurdish refugee children play on a Soviet-built ZPU-4 anti-aircraft gun which was abandoned by Iraqi forces during Operation Desert Storm. The children live in a nearby camp established as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish refugees travel between campsites during Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurds at a refugee camp near the Turkey-Iraq border wait in line near a German army CH-53G helicopter to receive an allotment of water. Thousands of Kurds fled into Turkey after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm. Troops from the U.S. and other nations have come to the camp to distribute aid and prepare the refugees for a move to organized camps within Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Kurdish refugee children and and old man help U.S. military personnel dislodge a light vehicle from a rut. The U.S. forces are in the region as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish refugee children prepare to take containers to a well at their tent city near Zakhu. The camp was established as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

U.S. military personnel take a break from setting up a camp site for Kurdish refugees. Camp sites are being set up along the Turkey-Iraq border as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

U.S. military personnel prepare to load supplies onto a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. The material will be delivered to Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

An aerial view of one of th Kurdish refugee camps near the Turkey-Iraq border. Thousands of Kurds fled into Turkey after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm. Troops from the U.S. and other nations are working at the camps to distribute aid and prepare the refugees for a move to organized camps within Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Kurdish men carry support poles across a field as they help to erect additional tents at a refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq. U.S. and allied troops established the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid the thousands of Kurds who fled their homes after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm

Kurdish men gather support poles to erect additional tents at a refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq. U.S. and allied troops established the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid the thousands of Kurds who fled their homes after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm

A forklift positions stacks of supplies for loading aboard helicopters. The material will be delivered to Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Soldiers, journalist and Kurds gather on a hillside for a briefing at a refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq. U.S. and allied troops established the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multination effort to aid the thousands of Kurds who fled their homes after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm

Kurdish men sit in the grass after arriving at a refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq. U.S. and allied troops established the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid the thousands of Kurds who fled their homes after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm

An aerial view of part of an Iraqi airfield being repaired by members of a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 (NMCB-133) air detachment. The Seabees are repairing the airfield, which had been under construction prior to the start of the Persian Gulf war, to allow relief supplies to be flown in for nearby Kurdish refugees as part of OPERATION PROVIDE COMFORT

A Kurdish refugee camp covers a mountainside in northern Iraq. Supplies are being delivered to the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish men sit in the grass next to some tents at a refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq. U.S. and allied troops established the camp as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid the thousands of Kurds who fled their homes after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm

An aerial view of one of the Kurdish refugee camps near the Turkey-Iraq border. Thousands of Kurds fled into Turkey after fighting broke out between Kurdish groups and Iraqi government forces following Operation Desert Storm. Troops from the U.S. and other nations are working at the camps to distribute aid and prepare the refugees for a move to organized camps within Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Kurdish refugees pause with their possessions on a road near their destination, a tent city at Zakhu. The refugees are fleeing the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq and will receive aid from Allied forces as part of Operation Provide Comfort

A Kurdish refugee camp spreads out over the fields during Operation Provide Comfort

A soldier distributes food to Kurdish refugee children as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in Northern Iraq

Kurdish men help unload cases of rations from the back of a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

A forklift positions supplies for loading into a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. The material will be delivered to Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Kurdish children hurry away from the dust stirred up by a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter as it touches down at a tent city. Allied forces are setting up the camp site, the first to be constructed as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an effort to aid Kurdish refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

U.S. military personnel prepare to load supplies onto a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. The material will be delivered to Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

A carton of milk breaks as supplies for Kurdish refugees are unloaded from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. The material is being delivered as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq. U.S. soldiers are approaching the helicopter for transportation to another area after completing a patrol of the region

Members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 uses a 600-foot water well drilling system as they drill a well near a Kurdish refugee tent city. The work is being done as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid refugees who fled the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

Seabees from a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 (NMCB-133) air detachment work on a section of damaged runway at an Iraqi airfield. The Seabees are repairing the airfield, which had been under construction prior to the start of the Persian Gulf war, to allow relief supplies to be flown in for nearby Kurdish refugees as part of OPERATION PROVIDE COMFORT