News & Current Affairs
22 October 2014
Can US do anything right these days?
Right into enemy hands? ISIS shows off new weapons allegedly airdropped by US
Islamic State has published a new video in which a jihadist shows off brand-new American hardware, which was purportedly intended for the Kurds they are fighting in the Syrian border town of Kobani.
On Sunday the US said that three of its Air Force C-130 planes successfully delivered 27 bundles of military and medical supplies, which it said were not from the US, but from Kurds in Iraq.
"This is not surprising. Because it is necessary to coordinate clearer (action) with the Syrian government and generally act on the basis of the decisions of the Security Council," Churkin told TASS.
Meanwhile Bashar Jaafari, Syrian envoy to the UN, told the news agency that while he could not confirm that ISIS has intercepted US weapons, Syria, he says was not notified of US arms drops.
"No, we were not informed (about air drops). They did it only once, when the American permanent representative (Samantha Power) met with me to inform my government through me about the beginning of the military operation,” Jaafari said.
The video itself caused quite a stir on the social media landscape with users “thanking” Washington for delivering the arms into the wrong hands, something the US has in the past vowed to avoid.
“We feel very confident that, when we air drop support as we did into Kobani… we’ve been able to hit the target in terms of reaching the people we want to reach,” Rhodes told CNN on Monday.
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“What I can assure people is that, when we are delivering aid now, we focus it on the people we want to receive that assistance. Those are civilians in need. Those are forces that we’re aligned with in the fight against ISIL [the government’s preferred acronym for IS], and we take precautions to make sure that it’s not falling into the wrong hands.”
The US-led coalition has conducted over 135 air strikes against IS targets around Kobani, including 4 on Tuesday, this week was the first time Washington had delivered arms to Kurdish fighters via airdrop “intended to enable continued resistance against ISIL's attempts to overtake Kobani,” said US Central Command.