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Damascus wasn't informed of US intention to airdrop weapons for Kurds in Kobane

October 22, 2014, 9:46 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
In remarks to media reports, saying some of the weapons airdropped by the US for Kurds were apprehended by the Islamic State militants, Syria’s UN Ambassador said such things hve happened before
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A US soldier stands in front of a Canadian cargo plane

A US soldier stands in front of a Canadian cargo plane


UNITED NATIONS, October 22. /TASS/. Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said the United States had not warned Damascus beforehand about plans to deliver weapons to the Kurdish forces in Kobane.

“No, we had not been warned. They did this only once when the US permanent representative [Samantha Power] met with me to inform my government of the beginning of the military operation,” the diplomat said.

In remarks to media reports that some of the weapons have been apprehended by the Islamic State (IS) militants, Jaafari said: “I cannot confirm this, but such things have repeatedly happened in the past.”

On Sunday, the US military air-dropped arms for Syrian Kurdish forces defending the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border against the IS militants.

Later US TV channels released a video apparently showing a masked man with some of the dropped packages wrapped in clear plastic attached to parachute cords.

A source in the US presidential administration has told CBS News that the possibility that part of the cargo could be in the hands of terrorists cannot be excluded.

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