An air-dropped supply of ammunition, water and food was the unexpected little treat ISIS militants received from the Iraqi air force. The incident took place in Anbar province during the third week of September, explained an Iraqi official as he confirmed the news this Tuesday.
While people are labeling the event as hilarious and embarrassing, there is quite an unfortunate aspect to it. The supplies that ended up in the hands of the extremist militants were actually intended for the Iraqi soldiers fighting in Saglawyah. The soldiers, besieged by the ISIS militants, were in deadly and desperate need of aid.
It may be a laughing matter to many people, but for Iraq and its allies in the war against extremism, it is a matter of great concern. The Iraqi government launched an inquiry immediately after the incident was initially reported. Based on the findings of the committee, the Iraqi Foundation for Development and Democracy cited lack of experience and technical expertise as the major reason behind the mistake.
Hakim Al-Zamili, a member of the Iraqi parliament blames the commander’s flawed plans as the major instigator of the situation. While U.S. officials have refused to comment on the situation, this incident supports Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey’s recent statement about how incompetent the Iraqi army is.
However, Americans, in general, quite amused by the episode are not completely convinced by the official claim. Other than ridicule, the news is received with plenty of anger and skepticism from around the world, the U.S. in particular. Some people consider it a deliberate act of an ISIS sympathizer, which they suspect are in abundance within the ranks. Others are more furious over the amount of money the U.S. government is spending on Iraq’s army.
Even Fox News doesn’t seem too happy about millions of dollars going to waste.