Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Global Impact: US Air Drop for Kurdish Fighters in Kobani Seized by IS Militants

According to The Associated Press, IS militants have seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by US-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in Kobani, activists said Tuesday (October 21).
The video appeared authentic and corresponded to The Associated Press' reporting of the event. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which bases its information on a network of activists on the ground, said the militants had seized at least one cache.
The cache of weapons included hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, according to a video uploaded by a media group loyal to IS. 
COMMENT: The US-led coalition against IS offered no explanation as to how the air drop ended up in the hands of IS militants.
How can future losses to IS be prevented if there is no accountability?
The caches were airdropped early Monday (October 20) to Kurds in the embattled Syrian town of Kobani that lies near the Turkish border, but at least one air drop was seized by IS militants.
On Tuesday (October 21), IS loyalists on social media posted sarcastic thank you notes to the United States, including one image that said "Team USA."
The lost weapons drop was more a humiliating embarrassment for the US Defense Department than a great strategic loss. IS militants already possess millions of dollars-worth of US weaponry that they captured from fleeing Iraqi soldiers when the group seized swaths of Iraq in a sudden sweep in June.

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