US Paradrops 50 Tons Of Ammo To Syrian Rebels

Tyler Durden's picture

As we noted over the weekend, the US has now thrown in the towel on the ill-fated (and that’s putting it lightly) strategy of training Syrian fighters and sending them into battle only to be captured and killed by other Syrian fighters who the US also trained. 

The Pentagon’s effort to recruit 5,400 properly “vetted” anti-ISIS rebels by the end of the year ended in tears when the entire world laughed until it cried after word got out that only “four or five” of these fighters were actually still around. The rest are apparently either captured, killed, lost in the desert, or fighting for someone else. 

This has cost the US taxpayer somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 million over the last six months.

Because this latest program was such a public embarrassment, the Pentagon had to come up with a new idea to assist Syria’s “freedom fighters” now that they are fleeing under bombardment by the Russian air force only to be cut down by Hezbollah.

The newest plan: helicopter ammo. No, really. The US has now resorted to dropping "tons" of ammo into the middle of nowhere and hoping the “right” people find it. 

No, really. 

Here’s CNN:

U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups.


Details of the air mission over Syria were confirmed by a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly because the details have not yet been formally announced.


C-17s, accompanied by fighter escort aircraft, dropped small arms ammunition and other items like hand grenades in Hasakah province in northern Syria to a coalition of rebels groups vetted by the US, known as the Syrian Arab Coalition.

And here's a bit more color from GOP mouthpiece Fox News:

The ammunition originally was intended for the U.S. military's "train and equip" mission, the official said. But that program was canceled last week. 


"So now we are more focused on the 'E' [equip] part of the T&E [train & equip]," said the official, who described equipping Syrian Arabs as the focus of the new strategy against ISIS. 


The Defense Department announced Friday that it was overhauling the mission to aid Syrian rebel fighters. After the program fell far short of its goals for recruiting and training Syrian fighters, the DOD said it would focus instead on providing "equipment packages and weapons to a select group of vetted leaders and their units so that over time they can make a concerted push into territory still controlled by ISIL." 


The shift also comes as Russia continues to launch airstrikes in Syria, causing tension with the U.S. amid suspicions Moscow is only trying to prop up Bashar Assad. 


Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition, confirmed that coalition forces conducted the airdrop on Sunday. 


"The aircraft delivery includes small arms ammunition to resupply counter-ISIL ground forces so that they can continue operations against ISIL. All aircraft exited the drop area safely," he said in a statement. All pallets successfully were recovered by friendly forces, a U.S. official said.

Yes, “friendly forces.”

Just let the hilarity of that sink in.

The US just paradropped 50 tons of ammo on pallets into the most dangerous place on the face of the planet with no way of ensuring that it falls into the "right" hands (it goes without saying that the term "right" is meaningless there). Meanwhile, the Russians are dropping bombs on the same extremists who are set to receive the guns the US is dropping. 

Of course if it does somehow fall into the “wrong” hands, it wouldn’t be the first time (see Mosul and recall the $500 billion worth of weapons Washington “misplaced” in Yemen) and as we said a few days ago, this is at least great news for the military-industrial complex. It means more "terrorist attacks" on U.S. "friends and allies", and perhaps even on U.S. soil - all courtesy of the US government supplying the weapons - are imminent.

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HenryHall's picture

Bait. They watch who picks it up and where they take it to.

Newsboy's picture

Got some MREs in there, maybe some Fanta Orange?

Big_X's picture

A gift from the gods!

Timmay's picture

What caliber the ammo is probably says alot too......

Latina Lover's picture

The New Cargo Cult,  ISIS style.  As long as the bullets are longer than their dicks, the ISIS clowns will be happy.

Pairadimes's picture

I wonder if Valerie calls ISIS with the coordinates of the drop, or if Obama does it himself.

Latina Lover's picture

Perhaps someone told USSA intelligence that there was a hospital located at those co ordinates, and they needed supplies,LOL>

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Some MIC salespeople just got a nice bonus check

knukles's picture

So since the enemy of my enemy is my friend and wed ain't got no friends over there and that makes everybody our enemy, the crowing glory of Ymomma's Foreign Policy is to give all the rag heads all the shit possible so that they all kill each other off with maximum effect and efficiency.


             This is the Stuff of which Nobel Peace Prizes are Made

Latina Lover's picture

Just another day in the week for the USSA empire of Chaos.

pods's picture

Forgive me if I am mistaken, but don't you usually have to ask a sovereign nation if you can drop arms to resupply factions in said country?

I would love to see everyone getting blown up while scrambling to unpack those crates.

The USA really has lost that "shining beacon on the hill" look.

We are more like that drunken bully in the bar.  Wildly shouting down anyone within earshot about how right we are.

The day is coming when we get dropped. When that happens (lose reserve currency status) it is over.  Remember, $1+ trillion a year in deficit spending.  That goes by by.


The Juggernaut's picture

And at the same time, the US gov't is looking to disarm the American Republic.  This proves that you should own a piece.

Baby Bladeface's picture

Suggested countermeasure: airdrops of ammo/arms on US cities.

two hoots's picture

Our scatterbrained policies have put dedicated warriors and airmen in difficult and questionable situations.  They have a duty to obey and as professionals have a deep sense of dedication.  Many of you know they have little choice but to execute their missions ( "I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations (meaning: not some wacko order some egotistical type commands but orders in-line with regulations) and the uniform code of military justice").  We are fortunate that most leaders understand this caveat in the oath, not sure the civilian leaders grasp it or even aware (many military are not).    

This airdrop is some decision at much higher levels, possibly a mix of civilian/military where stuff is fussy and not just the military in general. 


Abitdodgie's picture

Two Hoots , you make it sound like the people that join the US army are capable of critical thinking , they are order followers , dumb as a rock , thick as pig shit , they would f**k thier own mother if they were told to .

0b1knob's picture

I hope they put some Nutella ®™ in those packages with the MREs.

ISIS sure does love that Nutella ™®.

Manthong's picture


s’no big deal..

I always keep ninety or a hundred tons or so of HE in the basement.

..tons of munitions are always falling out the sky here in O’Bama’s back yard in Shy-town.


TruxtonSpangler's picture

Wonder if I could hack the GPS coordinates and have them drop some in my back yard?

Manthong's picture

Actually, I have a couple of tons more than I need for immediate use, but just text me.. we will get you fixed up as good as our friends at dot gov wiil.


TruxtonSpangler's picture

Wonder what USA would say if Russia did this same thing in eastern ukraine?

Nenad's picture


Obama will not finish his second term! Banned independent documentary reveals the truth. This will scare millions! Current Events Linked to Ancient Biblical Prophecy!

mliu_01's picture

I wonder how many virgins did they drop.

I am sure it can't be much. There is a virgin shortage crisis in US.

Whoa Dammit's picture

So now we are more focused on the 'E' [equip] part of the T&E [train & equip]," said the offical...

More like" "So now we are more focused on the "R" [Retard] part of the F&R [Full & Retard]"

All Risk No Reward's picture

Who said cargo cultists were crazy?

Sedaeng's picture

Do you feel like you're doing 'gods' work when you post this shit?

...banned independent documentary...

Is that suppose to lead credence to being some kind of forbidden knowledge? yeah right *eyes rolling*

...will scare millions...

why would anything scare millions?  The cable companies still exist.  They are not scared now with the world falling apart around us. so yeah...

...linked to Ancient Biblical Prophecy!

Yes, because saying "linked to ancient biblical prophecy" will make everyone believe this tripe with-out question.


Politics & Religion... two peas in a pod

shovelhead's picture

It's always "The Biggest Secret IN The World" but they're gonna tell you (only you) all about it.


You're gonna die ... someday.

No Shit!

Manthong's picture

Sirs... as G W Bush F-face would not be likely to say because of his family involvement in the skull and bones enterprise..” WTF Over????  Mission was accomplished years ago.. how could you let the mulatto and his Wookie F things up so badly?????”

PT's picture

"Well, it was all bought and paid for anyways, and since we're not gonna be using it any time soon, we thought, you know ... anyways ... have fun!"

Out of interest, how long would fifty ton "normally" last?
50 people times one ton?
5000 people times 10kg?

svayambhu108's picture

They did the same in Kobani, the War Guy reported, they left the Kurds to fight without even givin water, and when ISIS were losing they helped the Kurds with weapons that ended up in ISIS hands. See? they are trying to help.

kaa1016's picture

You just can't make this shit up. This is like deja vu all over again. I'm living in bizzaro world. Who do they think will get these weapons? The "good" rebels. Last time I checked when armed oppostion groups are trying to overthrow the government they are called terrorists. Ukrainian rebels are bad rebels, but Syrian rebels are good rebels, of which some are bad, but are friendly with some of the good rebels. Oh I got it now, no wait, I don't and neither does the government.

SWRichmond's picture

No, man, they were "vetted".  See?

PT's picture

Cargo has big sign painted on it:  "Not for ISIS members!  If you are ISIS then return this package OR ELSE there will be trubble!"

Sokhmate's picture

Please return in the accompanying shipping box. No postage necessary if mailed from Syria.

Manthong's picture

oh no.. you get it..

but you are not happy with the realization.

it's a little easier if you don't have kids and accept death.

..that was a joke of a dark kind 

Fed Supporter's picture

"resupply counter-ISIL ground forces so that they can continue operations against ISIL." 

Oh, so we now arming the Russians?  I am confussed, I thought counter-ISIL was Russia.

o r c k's picture

And the really big question--did they drop off surface to air missiles ??

svayambhu108's picture

No, the moderates said that they have enough to fight the ISIS planes.

Also the 4-5 moderates fighting ISIS, reported just a few weeks ago to the congress, said that it is enough supply for the men, i.e. around 10 tones of ammo per person.

Instead they gave the moderates some Dobsonian telescopes, as you can clearly see in this video:

TuPhat's picture

Abit, you are assuming way to much.  I've been in the military.  Some of them don't who their own mother is.

shovelhead's picture

Usually it's grandmamas daughter whats run off wid de crackman.

two hoots's picture

You are wrong but it's your right to be so.  Our military has many capable leaders and dedicated followers. And, no they would not.


BarkingCat's picture

The crucial part about obeying orders is "LEGAL orders"..

Look it up.

Lore's picture

Is there any clause in there about refusal to take orders from psychopaths?

"Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy." - Henry Kissinger

Moe Howard's picture

Odd because Kissinger was an NCO in WWII.

HowdyDoody's picture

Eveything the Nazis did was legal within their legal system.


SWRichmond's picture

Suggested countermeasure: airdrops of ammo/arms on US cities.

Yeah, anyway, why doesn't someone airdrop me a pallet of hand grenades?  I feel cheated or something.

Countrybunkererd's picture

Cheated?  It isn't like you or I paid for it or anything!  WTH...oh wait.  Maybe they just used the printing press for those specific arms...oh wait.

two hoots's picture

We just don't understand the Presidents vision.  Like our money we just have to have full faith in our system.   We need to know our place.  I don't doubt that Washington sees us all a Kardashian/NASCAR/TV sheeple, as even some here do. It is all a "better than" attitude at any level and people should reflect before supporting such remarks.  It's bad enough DC does it (I can smell the tourist, read Reid).  People work, pay their taxes and just want to live their lives thinking the gov will do the right thing, as they mostly do at their jobs.  And if they choose NASCAR/TV it's okay, they earned that right (paying their taxes and want left alone to live), many served.