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article imageCoalition weapons drop may have been recovered by ISIS

By Larry Clifton     Oct 21, 2014 in Politics
Islamic State fighters Near the Syria/Iraq border may have seized a cache of weapons dropped by U.S.- led coalition forces meant for Kurdish militiamen.
US military officials are scrambling to determine whether hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers may now be in the hands of ISIS, according to a Fox news report. A video uploaded late Monday by media interests with ties to the Islamic state appeared to show the missing weapons, and corresponds with reports by the Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights stating militants had seized at least one cache of coalition weaponry. At best, Western sources say they just "don’t know" if the report is true.
"We just don't know. We're still looking at it," Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said when asked about the video, while stressing that the "vast majority" of supplies ended up in the right hands.
The weapons and medical supplies were airdropped early Monday to Kurds in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani located close to the Turkish border. Islamic state forces have been battling for control of the town for more than a month. An estimated 200,000 refugees have fled the area, crossing into Turkey. The Kurds are fighting the militant Islamic State on the ground, and are being supported by Western coalition airstrikes. The Pentagon says the airdrop in question included medical supplies, weapons and ammunition - from a total of 28 bundles of equipment. Only 27 bundles were reportedly received by the Kurds.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren initially reported that "one of those bundles drifted off course," adding, "we subsequently destroyed it with an airstrike." However, as of Tuesday, Islamic State loyalists on social media posted sarcastic thank you notes to the United States, including one image that said "Team USA."
Meanwhile, Pres. Barack Obama has come under fire for his detached, belated response to ISIS fighters’ seizure of a large swath of northern Iraq. Consequently, ISIS forces are currently threatening Baghdad itself, where headquarters for Western interests are embedded.
Unfortunately, the lost weapons drop is more of an embarrassment than a military victory for ISIS since Islamic State militants have already confiscated millions of dollars worth of U.S. weapons and ammunition from Iraqi soldiers that deserted their posts in June.
Regarding the lost bundle of weapons and ammunition, Kirby seemed as confused as anyone else over the video released by militant media “We're aware that one bundle did not make it into the right hands and you saw the CENTCOM release indicating that they destroyed it from the air," he said. "All of that doesn't take away from the notion that this video is out there and that it could in fact be that bundle. We just don't know."
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