Pentagon confirms one resupply bundle in ISIL hands

A resupply bundle intended for Kurdish forces fighting ISIL militants in the strategic Syrian town of Kobani might instead have been seized by ISIL, the Pentagon said

Pentagon confirms one resupply bundle in ISIL hands

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Pentagon said on Wednesday two bundles of military supplies for Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani went astray during an air drop earlier this week, with one destroyed later by an air strike and the other taken by ISIL militants.

"Yesterday we announced that one resupply bundle went astray and was destroyed. We have since relooked at that and we have determined that a second bundle also went astray and probably fell into enemy hands," said Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.

Twenty-six other bundles of supplies were dropped to Kurds in the besieged city and reached their targets, he said.

The news comes one day after a video uploaded to YouTube by the militant’s social media supporters purportedly showed a parachuted resupply bundle in ISIL possession.

The United States conducted further air strikes against ISIL forces on Tuesday and Wednesday, targeting the militant group near Iraq's Mosul Dam and the Syrian border town of Kobani, according to U.S. Central Command.

A U.S.-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes near the Mosul Dam complex in northern Iraq, Central Command said in a statement on Wednesday. U.S. forces also conducted six air strikes close to Kobani near Syria's border with Turkey, it said.

The strikes in Syria destroyed a logistical center for ISIL. The strikes also destroyed one of the group's buildings, vehicles and fighting positions, Central Command said, citing assessments based on initial reports.

In Iraq, the strikes destroyed a large group of ISIL fighters along with vehicles, fighting positions and a mortar-lauching site, according to the U.S. statement.

The latest strikes around Mosul follow Pentagon warnings that ISIL wanted to take control of the dam, which is a vital water and power source for what is Iraq's largest northern city of 1.7 million residents.

"The ISF and the Kurdish forces specifically are still in control of the Mosul Dam complex. ISIL wants it back. And they still threaten it. They don't have it but they still threaten it," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ekim 2014, 09:59

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