Islamic State seizes weapons airdrop meant for Kurds

A screen capture from a YouTube video allegedly shows Islamic State group fighters firing from an armed vehicle on a road leading to Ain al-Arab, known by the Kurds as Kobani, on the Syria-Turkey border. (photo credit: AFP/HO/AAMAQ NEWS AGENCY)

BEIRUT — Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by US-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday.

The cache of weapons included hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, according to a video uploaded by a media group loyal to the Islamic State. The video appeared authentic and corresponded to The Associated Press’ reporting of the event. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants had seized at least once cache, but may have seized more.

The Observatory, which bases its information on a network of activists on the ground, said the caches were airdropped early Monday to Kurds in the embattled Syrian town of Kobani that lies near the Turkish border. The militant group has been trying to seize the town for over a month now, causing the exodus of some 200,000 people from the area into Turkey. While Kurds are battling on the ground, a US-led coalition is also targeting the militants from the air.

On Tuesday, Islamic State loyalists on social media posted sarcastic thank you notes to the United States, including one image that said, “Team USA”…

Note that Turkey refused to allow its airspace to be used to the airdrop.

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