Saved them and then left them when the cameras were occupied elsewhere?
The Islamic State group has taken over two towns on Sinjar Mountain Monday, indicating that the Sunni militant group is advancing on territory that the U.S. had said that it had secured during its airstrikes on the region back in August. U.S. officials warned months ago that if ISIS militants succeed in advancing this far, the Yazidi population could be at risk of “a potential genocide.”U.S. airstrikes on the area in August seemed to have secured the region. “The situation on the mountain has greatly improved,” President Obama said in am Aug. 15 speech. “We broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar. We saved many innocent lives. Because of these efforts, we do not expect an additional operation to help rescue people off the mountain, and it is unlikely that we are going to need to continue humanitarian air drops on the mountain.”But the Washington Post reported Monday that Yazidi volunteers who have been protecting the area for more than two months retreated from villages north of the mountain after the extremists attacked. The volunteers said they had pulled back to a shrine on the mountain but the militants were close by.
Right into enemy hands? ISIS shows off new weapons allegedly airdropped by US
Islamic State has published a new video in which a jihadist shows off brand-new American hardware, which was purportedly intended for the Kurds they are fighting in the Syrian border town of Kobani.
The undated video, posted by the unofficial IS mouthpiece “a3maq news”, sees a jihadist showing several boxes of munitions with English-language markings, with a parachute spread out on the ground beside.
Although it is unclear what was the bundle shown in the video, the militant explains that “this is some of the military equipment that was dropped by American forces.”
“These are the bombs that the American forces dropped for the Kurdish parties,” he says. “They are spoils of war for the Mujahedeen.”