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    Pentagon to Resupply Syrian Rebels After Proper Use of Airdropped Munitions

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    On October 13, the US Department of Defense confirmed it had airdropped 50 tons of weapons to resupply Syrian rebels fighting against ISIL in Syria.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US military will continue airdropping munitions to anti-ISIL rebel groups in Syria because it is encouraged by how the fighters used the equipment during a recent offensive to capture new ground, US Army Colonel Steve Warren told reporters on Wednesday.

    "We [the United States] were going to keep an eye on the initial 50 tons of ammunition that we dropped… to validate that it was distributed and used properly," Warren said after confirming that the US would continue resupplying Syrian rebels. "Ground that the Syrian Arab coalition has managed to take… validates this program."

    The successful military operation, Warren added, in the northern city of Al-Hal was a "validator" of the US plan to airdrop munitions to the Syrian rebels.

    Warren explained that the Syrian Arab coalition took control over 200 plus kilometers during a conventional offensive in northern Syria that was launched within the past two weeks.

    On October 30, the White House announced it would deploy fewer than 50 additional Special Operations forces to Syria to assist in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group.


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