After a strategy shift in Syria, U.S. provides ammunition to rebels fighting ISIS.
United States led coalition forces airdropped 50 tons of ammunition to Syrian rebels who are fighting ISIS in northern Syria overnight. The airdrop consisted of 112 pallets including 50 tons of ammunition as part of the Obama Administration's effort to support rebel groups in new ways. "This airdrop seeks to build on the success those forces have had clearing ISIL from Syrian territory," said spokesman Colonel Patrick Ryder in a statement on Monday.
The drop took place in northern Syria on Sunday according to Elissa Smith, a spokesperson for the US Secretary of Defense. "This successful airdrop provided ammunition to Syrian groups whose leaders were appropriately vetted by the United States and have been fighting to remove ISIL from northern Syria," she said.
U.S. officials confirmed that all pallets were successfully recovered by friendly forces.
Although the United States did not name the individual groups that received the ammunition, they confirmed that their leaders had been screened by the U.S. military. The Obama administration is being very careful about weapons falling into the hands of ISIS and al Qaeda fighters. Vetted leaders will also receive a small amount of training in human rights conducts and on how to provide information for coalition airstrikes inside Syria.
Reuters has reported that part of the proposed new U.S. campaign envisioned providing U.S. support to the Syrian Arab Coalition, which would operate east of the Euphrates river.
The proposed U.S. strategy would both provide U.S. support to the Syrian Arab Coalition and also bolster a group of mostly Arab fighters in the west to try to eliminate ISIS fighters along the border with Turkey. However the U.S. military has not yet provided details about the groups that would receive the supplies, their location, or the type of equipmentthey would be receiving.
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