One day after reprorting that British military information services Janes, had found confirmation of several shipments amounting to 3,000 tons of weapons and ammo to Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels in a transport solicitation on the U.S. government website FedBizOps.gov, today Veterans Today goes deeper into the rabbit hole and reports that several Iraqi policemen claim to have seen US aircraft dropping weapons and munitions for ISIS terrorists in a region west of the Anbar province on Friday.
According to VT, in a video posted on Iraq’s al-Maaloomah news website on Sunday, the policemen are purportedly heard saying that the American plane had also jammed their communication devices in the Hadisah Island district.
"There is an American aircraft seen at four o’clock in the morning on Friday over the Hadisah Island district of the Anbar province, delivering weapons and munitions to ISIS criminals," one of the policemen says.
"The plane proceeded to jam radar devices of the police regiment stationed in Hadisah Island to prevent contact between the affiliates and the headquarters of the regiment," he added.
The man said they had seen a military vehicle of ISIS arriving in the region a few minutes later and transferring the weapons to the place the group controlled.
In the video, the man and his associates are heard appealing to Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to follow up the issue.
VT adds that the Iraqi army and the volunteer Hashd al-Shaabi forces liberated the district from ISIS terrorists just last month. The US may have different plans, however.
Ironically, this took place just hours after US SecState John Kerry visited Baghdad on Frday, where he said ISIS was losing ground, including more than 40 percent of the territory that they once controlled in the country.
President Barack Obama is reportedly weighing an increase in the number of American troops in Iraq but Kerry said there had been no formal request from the Iraqis and the issue had not been raised on Friday.
Even more curiously, the Daily Beast reported last week that there are at least 12 U.S. generals in Iraq, "a stunningly high number for a war that, if you believe the White House talking points, doesn’t involve American troops in combat. And that number is, if anything, a conservative estimate, not taking into account the flag officers running the U.S. air war, the admirals helping wage the war from the sea, or their superiors back at the Pentagon."
For now any additional deployments are being kept under the curtain of fighting ISIS: the US, officials said, looked to "accelerate recent gains" against ISIS.
Further to that, recall that as reported this morning, the US Air Force deployed B-52 bombers to Qatar, the first time they have been based in the Middle East since the end of the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
“The B-52 demonstrates our continued resolve to apply persistent pressure on Daesh and defend the region in any future contingency,” said Charles Brown, commander of US Air Forces Central Command.
Contingecy such as carpet bombing and paradropping supplies to unknown recipients?
But back to the alleged US delivery of weapons for ISIS - it would not be the first time this has happened. In October 2014, ISIS released a new video in which it bragged it recovered weapons and supplies that the US military intended to deliver to Kurdish fighters in the Syrian city of Kobani.
Some Iraqi MPs have also accused the US of deliberately arming ISIS, citing an arms air-drop case in Tikrit, but government officials have rejected it.
In Syria, the US military has airdropped tons of ammunition to Al Qaeda-linked rebels and militants.
If all this US weaponry is indeed ending up in Al Nusra and/or ISIS' hands, it remains to be seen where just it will be used.