US mistakenly delivered weapons to ISIS

The ISIS has released a new video in which it brags that it recovered weapons and supplies that the U.S. military intended to deliver to Kurdish fighters, who are locked in a fight with the militants over control of the Syrian border town of Kobane. The SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist social media accounts, drew attention to the video Tuesday. At one point, it appears to show a masked militant raking his hands through a crate filled with hand grenades.

Video posted by the ISIS on Oct. 21, 2014, purports to show fighters with ammunition and military equipment intended for Kurdish fighters near Kobane, Syria. (SITE Intelligence Group)

A U.S. Central Command spokesman said he was looking into the reports. In a news release Monday, U.S. military officials acknowledged launching one airstrike near Kobane that they said destroyed “a U.S. airdrop of Kurdish supplies” to prevent “these supplies from falling into enemy hands.”

“All other resupply bundles were successfully delivered,” the CENTCOM news release said, without specifying what was in the shipment.

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said Tuesday afternoon that analysts were working to determine what happened. The Defense Department is aware that one bundle didn’t make it into the right hands, and is not sure whether the one that appears in the video is the same one CENTCOM already reported destroying.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said at a briefing on Tuesday that the U.S. has yet to confirm the authenticity of a video released by the ISIS purporting to show obtained weapons and supplies meant for Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobane. (AP)


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