ISIS released video of what it says is a seized airdrop of arms and supplies that the U.S. intended for Kurdish forces trying to keep the Syrian border town of Kobane.
Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that out of 28 bundles dropped “we know of at least one that didn’t make it.”
The video includes an ISIS fighter rifling through a chest of grenades.
Kirby just told reporters that “one bundle did not make it into the right hands,” but as the video was just released “we just don’t know” if U.S. arms were dropped into the hands of ISIS.
“We don’t know whether it’s authentic; you’ve got to give us a bit of time to figure it out,” he said.
The bundles included small arms and medical supplies.
When asked if they should be dropping aid rather than pressuring Turkey to simply let supplies come across the border crossing, Kirby replied, “Was there a better way?”
Kirby stressed that even if ISIS got one bundle they got 27 through to the Kurds. “I think that’s a pretty good record of success from the air.”
“I think we’re going to keep our options open to use that delivery mechanism in the future,” he added.