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US Airdrops Intercepted by ISIS in Syria, Claim Militants (Video)

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This frame grab from undated video uploaded by militants shows an Islamic State group militant looking through some items from a seized cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces. (AP Photo)

By    |   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 07:44 AM

US airdrops meant for Kurdish soldiers defending the Syrian border town of Kobane were intercepted by ISIS militants, according to a new video released by the group.

According to a press release by the U.S. Central Command, Air Force C-130 aircraft have dropped nearly 30 parachute pallets containing weapons, ammo, and medical supplies in and around Kobane to assist the Kurds. By Tuesday, it appeared at least one of those had fallen into enemy hands.

The day before the video surfaced, CENTCOM confirmed that one package had gone astray, but claimed it had destroyed the bundle after it went astray.

"In Syria, six airstrikes near Kobani destroyed ISIL fighting and mortar positions, an ISIL vehicle, and one stray resupply bundle from a U.S. airdrop of Kurdish supplies that occurred earlier today (Syria time), which prevented these supplies from falling into enemy hands. All other resupply bundles were successfully delivered," it said in a press release.

Speaking after the video surfaced, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby explained that it wasn't clear if the stray package had been successfully destroyed or not.

"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. 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," he said, Fox News reported.

In total, 28 packages have been dropped, 27 received.

"We thank the people who brought these medical supplies," Dr. Walat Omar, one Kurdish wartime medic, told CNN.

The Islamic State has seized millions of dollars worth of U.S. weapons from fleeing Iraqi soldiers in that country, so the intercepted package is, strategically speaking, a drop in the proverbial bucket. It could, however, bolster direct recruitment for the militant group, as well as inspire so-called homegrown terrorists living in Western countries like the U.S., Canada, and U.K.



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