Report Worth Noting!!!! US Reportedly Drops Arms, Munitions, And Medical Supplies To Kurds!!!!

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Right now, I don’t have a lot to say about this.  But, it’s noteworthy. 

US drops arms, ammunition to Kurds fighting ISIS in Kobani

The U.S. military said late Sunday that it had dropped weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies to Kurdish forces battling to hold the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

The airdrops were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani. Earlier Sunday, U.S. Central Command (CentCom) said that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the area.

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CentCom said U.S. C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts to take full control of Kobani. 

Fox News is told by Kurdish officials in the area that they have received the supplies, dropped in open land held by Kurdish fighters. 

In a conference call with reporters after CentCom announced the airdrops, senior administration officials said three C-130 planes dropped 27 bundles of small arms, ammunition and medical supplies. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the White House.

One official said that while the results of the mission are still being assessed, it appeared that “the vast majority” of the supplies reached the intended Kurdish fighters.

The official also said the C-130s encountered no resistance from the ground in Syria during their flights in and out of Syrian airspace.

The airdrops are almost certain to anger the Turkish government, which has said it would oppose any U.S. arms transfers to the Kurdish rebels in Syria. Turkey views the main Kurdish group in Syria as an extension of the Turkish Kurd group known as the PKK, which has waged a 30-year insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terror group by the U.S. and by NATO.

President Obama called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday to discuss the situation in Syria and notify him of the plan to make airdrops Sunday, one administration official told reporters. He would not describe Erdogan’s reaction, but said U.S. officials are clear about Turkey’s opposition to any moves that help Kurdish forces that Turkey views as an enemy.

One of the administration officials said the airdrops should be seen as a humanitarian move. He said U.S. officials believe that if Kobani were to fall, the Islamic State militants would massacre Kurds in the town.

Another administration official said “you might see more” U.S. re-supply missions to benefit the Kurdish fighters in Kobani in the days ahead. Yet another administration official said a land route to resupply the Kurds had been under discussion but would require Turkish cooperation. He said talks on resupply needs and means would continue. ……..

I’m too much of a skeptic to believe the US has kicked Turkey to the curb.  I simply don’t see that as happening.  So, what else could this signify?

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19 Responses to Report Worth Noting!!!! US Reportedly Drops Arms, Munitions, And Medical Supplies To Kurds!!!!

  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Obama is walking a fine line since the PYD is allied to the PKK, who are classified by the US as terrorists. Both are Marxist-Leninist. Turkey is mostly Sunni and is split because Erdogan is using the religion as his political base. His base rather like ISIS. Who are terrorists. But Obama has to help the Kurds because of exactly the same principle that caused Benghazi to happen – he or Clinton made the call to not give air support to Ambassador Stevens and the CIA team on the ground because collateral damage would have been disastrous to his re-election a few weeks later. Now is the same: if there is a massacre in Khobani, or it falls without Obama being seen to give the Kurds support it will be disastrous for the mid-terms in a couple weeks time.

    The airdrop is the way to be helping them but without stirring up the Turks too much, since if Erdogan spits the dummy between now and the election the headlines would be nearly as bad.

    Once you calibrate everything to the Democrat cause it makes sense. Obama only does things based on the domestic political equation (except golf – for that he makes an exception).

  2. DirkH says:

    After dropping a few guns on the Kurds, ISIS can now be given the order to “lose” Kobani.

    Hey how’s the arming of Al Nusra aka Al Qaeda aka The Moderate Syrian Opposition going BTW?

  3. Lars P. says:

    There was a “what culd possibly go wrong post” at Ron Paul’s site:

    “You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster — a friend crossing Death Valley with next to no gas in his car — and then add, “What could possibly go wrong?””

    http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2014/october/16/seven-worst-case-scenarios-in-the-battle-with-the-islamic-state.aspx

    • DirkH says:

      ” “What I can assure people is that, when we are delivering aid now, we focus it on the people we want to receive that assistance. Those are civilians in need.”

      Wait a moment, the party of abolishing gun ownership helps civilians by handing them assault rifles? Please find a liberal brainiac to explain that.

  4. Latitude says:

    obama says any restrictions on travel will just make it worse….
    …and that’s why we are putting more restrictions on travel

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy/homeland-security-announces-travel-restrictions-to-stall-ebola-outbreak-20141021

  5. DirkH says:

    I didn’t know that – the Michelle Obama subsidized crap food program is intensified every year; less and less calories and saturated fats.
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/10/20/Students-Balking-at-More-Nutritious-Lunches

    Looks like the end stage will look like this
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Engelhardt

  6. kelly liddle says:

    well I would suggest that anything that is suggested to be done in Syria will end badly. It is a simple choice go in or don’t. Arming rebels (as IS seemed to have been armed at least partially) never ends good. I am ok with arming the Iraqi Kurds so long as the Iraqi government has agreed without arm twisting.

    Also remember that governments want to be seen to be doing something but may not actually be doing it. For the Turks it may be a case of what is worse and not being seen to support the Kurds. In other words they are more scared of IS but don’t want to be seen as supporting the Kurds. The IS brutality does seem pretty bad but remember every serious war is the same except now we can watch it on youtube.

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