Islamic State militants intercept US arms drops to Kurdish forces
KOBANI: The Islamic State has released footage
purporting to show weapons from a US airdrop to Kurdish forces that have been
intercepted by the militants. The footage was allegedly shot in Kobani, the
northern Syrian city that is being defended against a sustained IS offensive by
It shows IS fighters opening boxes seemingly
containing grenades and other weapons.
The US military on Sunday began airdropping weapons,
ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending Kobani against
Islamic State militants. The airdrops were the first of their kind and followed
weeks of US and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border.
Sky News Defence Correspondent Alistair Bunkall said, “That
is not supposed to happen at all, but it is a danger - it has always been a
danger - when the West has tried to arm moderate Syrian opposition in the
“One way or the other it tends to end up in the wrong
hands - either directly like this, because you drop it in the wrong place, or
because it is sold on the black market.”
C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and
supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq, the US Central Command said. The
airdrops are intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts
to take full control of Kobani, a strategically important town.
Kurdish forces on the ground reportedly withstood a
fierce attack by IS on Tuesday, as they waited for reinforcements to arrive
after Turkey sad it would help fighters reach the area from Iraq.
Meanwhile, Britain said Royal Air Force drones will
fly intelligence-gathering missions over Syria, in a broadening of UK
operations against IS beyond Iraq. And the UK’s most senior police officer has
claimed at least five Britons are travelling to Iraq and Syria to join IS every
“Five a week doesn’t sound much but when you realise
there are 50 weeks in a year, 250 more would be 50% more than we think have
gone already,” Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said.
“There may be many more who set out to travel to
another country and meandered over to Syria and Iraq in a way that is not
always possible to spot when you have failed states and leaky borders.”
Another video posted
on the internet purportedly showed a woman being stoned to death for alleged
adultery, with her elderly father taking part in the stoning. The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said the execution took place in August or
September in an IS-controlled rural area in the east of the central province of