US Airdrops Ensure that ISIS Remains Well Supplied …

The US air force recently engaged in an air drop of various supplies in Kobani, including high quality weapons and ammunition, which were intended to aid the remaining Kurdish fighters still holed up in the town. ISIS will probably soon send a “thank you” telegram to Mr. Obama. They have every reason to. According to Reuters:

 

“A Pentagon spokesman says a U.S. airdrop over the Syrian border with Turkey “did not make it into the right hands.”

Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday, “that we are very confident that the vast majority of the bundles did end up in the right hands. In fact we’re only aware of one bundle that did not.”

The Pentagon is working to determine the authenticity of the amateur video posted online on Tuesday appearing to show a U.S. air drop containing military supplies, intended for Kurdish fighters in Kobani, in the hands of Islamic State fighters.

The U.S. military said it conducted six air strikes on Islamic State militants near Kobani on Sunday and Monday. It said one of the strikes destroyed a stray bundle of supplies from a U.S. air drop in order to prevent them from falling into enemy hands. The video was posted on a social media website and Reuters is unable to independently verify the location, the date and whether it was the consignment that the U.S. said it had bombed. It bears a logo which commonly features on Islamic State videos. The video shows what appears to be an airdrop of several boxes and containers with an attached parachute lying on the ground. A man wearing a black balaclava and combat fatigues opens boxes in the video, revealing packaged grenades and what appear to be rocket propelled grenades (RPGs).

 

(emphasis added)

So now the US air force is busy bombing its own “stray weapons” again…it seems much of the Pentagon’s work is based on the broken window fallacy. Order new weapons, drop them somewhere, and then destroy them. This will surely please US weapons manufacturers and we’re just waiting for Paul Krugman to explain what a great boon to the US economy these activities are.

The Reuters video the transcript above refers to can be viewed here.

Here is the video posted by an ISIS related account on You-tube about the incident (note that we cannot be sure for how long it will remain accessible, as You-tube often erases IS-sourced content):

 

ISIS fighters intercept US weapons airdrop

ISIS, us weapons
ISIS military convoy in Niniveh province, Iraq

(Screenshot via beforeitsnews.com)

 

Only on Monday, the Pentagon was still singing a completely different tune:

 

“On Monday, White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said the U.S. government was confident that the emergency airdropped supplies for the Kurdish forces near Kobani were falling into the right hands.

“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. “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 ISIS], and we take precautions to make sure that it’s not falling into the wrong hands.”

 

(emphasis added)

This confidence was evidently misplaced. Not that we are terribly surprised by this. Incidentally, similar considerations apply to the bombing as such – we may assume that missiles, bombs and predator drone attacks are frequently hitting the wrong targets.

This is of course only ever grudgingly admitted when incontrovertible evidence unexpectedly surfaces. However, the original statements expressing “confidence” that exactly the right targets were hit are as a rule never withdrawn or amended.

 

Conclusion:

ISIS has evidently little to worry about with respect to weapons supplies. They continue to be provided for free. The new method of obtaining such supplies seems even easier than taking the stuff from Iraq’s army.

 

ISIS tanksISIS parading its tanks

(Screenshot BBC News)

 

 

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