A supposedly errant airdrop of weapons falling into the hands Islamic State fighters outside Kobani in Syria was not a mistake.
IS has in its possession tons of armaments taken from retreating Iraqi forces and the latest haul does not add significantly to its arsenal. The terrorist army now has long-range artillery and thousands of automatic weapons courtesy of the United States and an inept and corrupt Iraqi military.
The latest infusion of weaponry was supposedly intended for Kurdish forces defending the besieged and strategically important Syrian city of Kobani near the Turkish border.
U.S. and Turkey Do Not Support Kobani Kurds
The Syrian city is a stronghold for of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey has been engaged in a bitter fight against a separatist PKK for decades.
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has declared the Islamic State is “the same” as the PKK and PYD and has steadfastly refused to aid PYD militias fighting against the IS assault on Kobani.
Lack of Turkish support resulted in violent protests by thousands of Kurds earlier this month. The Erdogan government responded by killing at least 29 of them.
On October 14 the Turkish military sent a message to the Kurds when it launched an air strike against PKK forces near the border of Iraq despite a truce initiated in March 2013.
Boots on the Ground to Topple al-Assad Ultimate Objective
Iranian Armed Forces’ Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi believes the Kurds of Kobani will be scarified as part of a conspiracy to put boots on the ground in Syria.
“There is premonition of conspiracy to victimize the people of Kobani in order to create a bridgehead for the military presence of the [so-called US-led] coalition in Syria,” he told Press TV on October 11.
Firouzabadi said the United States military is engaged in selective and token air strikes in Kobani. The strikes have contributed to the advance of IS in Syria, he argued.
So far the U.S. air campaign played up as a heroic gesture in the corporate media has not accomplished its supposed objective of rolling back IS and crippling the offensive against Kobani. Instead, air strikes in Syria have killed thousands of civilians and largely exacerbated an already serious refugee crisis in the country.
“The fighting in Kobani showed that airpower alone can’t defeat ISIS and really you do need boots on the ground,” James Phillips, senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at the Heritage Foundation, told International Business Times on Tuesday.
An ongoing propaganda campaign – designed to drum up consensus for the effort to insert U.S. and partner troops in Syria and overthrow the al-Assad government – has reversed opposition on the part of the American public to boots on the ground, according to corporate polls.
On October 15 MSNBC reported the results of NBC-Wall Street Journal poll showing forty-one percent of respondents supporting both air strikes and boots on the ground in Syria.
“About six in 10 Americans say that the military actions against ISIS are in the national interest of the United States, and only 16% disagree. That number is virtually unchanged in the past six weeks,” the corporate media network reported.