WASHINGTON, October 22 (RIA Novosti) - Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby admitted that US Weapons, air-dropped for the Kurds fighting the Islamic State (IS) militant group in the Syrian city of Kobani could now be in Islamists’ hands.
“I honestly don’t know if that [bundle] was one of the ones, dropped and whether it is, in fact, or the contents are, in fact, in the hands of ISIL [IS], we honestly don’t know, we are still looking at it,” Kirby commented.
The Press Secretary was commenting on the IS video, released Tuesday, showing the motors, grenades, and armor piercing grenade (APG) parts of the same kind of material that was dropped by US airplanes.
“It’s not out of the realm of the possible. But we are taking a look at it and we just don’t know,” Kirby stated.
The video of IS fighters with one of allegedly air-dropped bundles posted on YouTube on Tuesday is being examined by US military analysts.
“Let’s just for argument sake, and only argument sake, say that this bundle ended up in the hands of ISIL. It’s one out of 28. So I think that’s a pretty good record for success from the air,” Kirby added.
On Sunday night, several US C-130 aircraft brought weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters in order to help them fight against IS, which attempts to overtake Kobani.
The IS jihadist group, known for proclaiming hardline Islamic fundamentalism, has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In 2014, it seized vast areas across Iraq and Syria and proclaimed an Islamic caliphate on the territories that have fallen under its control.