UK to expand Syria Mission: US Arms Drop ends up with Islamic State Group by “Mistake”?
nsnbc : A U.S. arms drop, allegedly meant for Syrian Kurds in the embattled town of Ayn Al-Arab a.k.a. Kobane, ended up in the hands of fighters of the so-called Islamic State, a.k.a. ISIS / ISIL, reported unnamed Syrian activists to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The “mistake” happened as the UK parliament discusses the expansion of the UK’s mission in Syria, including surveillance flights over Syrian territory in violation of international law.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) citing its “sources” inside Syria stated on Tuesday, that a sizable parachute cache dropped by the U.S. Air Force on Sunday, was seized by militants of the Islamic State group. The SOHR added that a second cached which was dropped by the U.S. Air Force also may have fallen into the hands of an Islamic States (ISIS) brigade.
The U.S.’ Central Command has since acknowledged that one of the airdrops ended up “in the wrong hands” and “destroyed it when the error was discovered”. The claim that the weapons were destroyed could not be independently verified by any other or independent source. The U.S.’ states, that it made 27 airdrops for Kurdish fighters, and claims that the vast majority fell into the right hands.
The Islamic State published a video on Youtube, showing ISIS fighters inspect the cache that came as if sent from heaven, as the group is facing stiff resistance from Syrian Kurdish fighters including fighters belonging to the PKK associated Syrian YPG. One of the ISIS fighters in the video exclaimed “Thanks to God, spoils and booty for the mujaheddin”.
Another PRopaganda Video? UK parliament discusses Expansion of UK Mission in Syria, including Surveillance Fights.
It is noteworthy the alleged “mistake” happened as the UK is preparing the deployment of military surveillance flights over Syria in breach of Syrian sovereignty and international law. It is also worth noting that the ISIS video, unlike many others which were posted by the group, hasn’t been “prematurely discovered” by contractors with intelligence ties, and that it was not immediately removed either, as many other of the groups videos were.
British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon noted that the British role was expanded by also deploying armed Reaper drones as well as joint surveillance aircraft. In a written statement to the UK parliament, on Tuesday, Fallon noted that surveillance is necessary to “protect our national security from the terrorist threat emanating from there”. The UK’s Royal Air Force has, so far, launched some 40 combat sorties in Syria. The UK parliament is expected to give the green light for expanding Britain’s role further.
Playing both Sides.
Analysis’ of the Islamic State suggests that the U.S./UK axis and its allies are playing both sides in the conflict between the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL and Kurdish fighters, including the PKK associated Syrian YPG, so as to further destabilize Syria.
The Islamic State, which reportedly is funded via Saudi and US.’ intelligence and rogue networks, was according to a Lebanese source close to the former Lebanese PM Saad Hariri, unleashed against Syria and Iraq, in 2014, after a decision on the sidelines of the Atlantic Council’s Energy Summit in Turkey, in November 2013.
It is noteworthy that the YPG only represents a small minority of the Kurdish community in Syria, which largely stands behind the elected Syrian government.
CH/L – nsnbc 22.10.2014