ISIL in possession of US weapons:Pentagon

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- The Pentagon admitted on Wednesday that ISIL terrorists captured a bundle of US weapons airdropped in the Syrian border town of Kobani earlier this week.

The US military had dropped 28 bundles filled with grenades, mortar rounds and other supplies which were intended for Kurdish fighters.

Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, acknowledged on Wednesday that at least one bundle of ammunition and weapons ended up in the hands of ISIL militants.

“There’s always going to be some margin of error” when airdropping supplies, Warren added. “Wind can cause a parachute to move off its intended target.”

A YouTube video uploaded on Tuesday showed ISIL militants in possession of US weapons.

The video showed masked terrorists inspecting the military equipment which was airdropped in areas controlled by ISIL near Kobani.

The supplies include several boxes of hand grenades and RPGs, as parachutes used for the airdrops were clearly visible on the ground in the video.

The US Central Command said on Sunday it has airdropped weapons and ammunition, and medical supplies for the Kurdish forces defending Kobani.

According to the US military, the airdrops, which have been provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq, were “intended to enable continued resistance against ISIL’s attempts to overtake Kobani.”

The US and its allies also say they are carrying out airstrikes against the Takfiris in Syria and Iraq in order to curb their advances in the region. The air raids have so far failed to halt the insurgents’ military gains.




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