Report: US Airdrops Weapons to ISIL as Iraqi Army Makes Gains
The US and NATO are supplying the militants in Iraq and Syria with weapons and ammunition to fight against the Damascus and Baghdad governments, media reports said.
In January, Iraqi MP Majid al-Ghraoui said American aircraft delivered weapons and equipment to ISIL southeast of Tikrit, located in Salahuddin province, an article by Kurt Nimmo in the Global Research said.
In March, Qasim al-Araji, the head of the Badr Organization in Iraq, told parliament he had evidence the US has deliberately armed the Islamic Army, according to a report carried by the Arabic language Almasalah.
The London-based organization Conflict Armament Research previously reported that ISIL fighters are using “significant quantities” of arms including M16 assault rifles marked “property of the US government.”
In June Aaron Klein, writing for WorldNetDaily, reported that members of ISIL were trained in 2012 by US instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.
General Thomas McInerney told Fox News in September that the US “helped build ISIL” as a result of the group obtaining weapons from the Benghazi consulate in Libya which was attacked by jihadists in September 2012.
“We backed I believe in some cases, some of the wrong people and not in the right part of the Free Syrian Army and that’s a little confusing to people, so I’ve always maintained… that we were backing the wrong types,” McInerney said.
In October, a purported errant airdrop of weapons fell into the hands Islamic State fighters outside Kobani in Syria.
In November, Iraqi intelligence sources said the US is actively supplying ISIL with weapons.
“The Iraqi intelligence sources reiterated that the US military planes have airdropped several aid cargoes for ISIL terrorists to help them resist the siege laid by the Iraqi army, security and popular forces,” Iraqi intelligence claimed in December.
“What is important is that the US sends these weapons to only those that cooperate with the Pentagon and this indicates that the US plays a role in arming the ISIL.”
The US claims it is arming “moderate” mercenaries in Syria to fight against ISIL and the al-Assad government in Damascus despite the fact there are no longer any moderate forces active.
The CIA has shipped weapons to al-Qaeda affiliated groups in Syria since at least 2012, a report by The New York Times disclosed.
The shipments included more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara and other Turkish and Jordanian airports. An effort to arm al-Nusra Front, now fully merged with ISIL, and other jihadist groups has been coordinated by American intelligence.
The US does not admit arming and training ISIL terrorists, although General Martin E. Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has admitted in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee that United States’ Arab allies in the Middle East fund ISIL.