Aircraft from US airdrops arms on Syrian border to help Kurdish militia as they battle ISIS in Kobani. The military supplies, however, were not provided by the United States. Instead, they were provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq.
C-130s were used as the US airdrops arms, ammunition and medical supplies in an effort to boost the chances of Kurds fighting to hold the Syrian border town of Kobani. This step was finally taken as the Isalmic State terrorists have been gaining ground and threatening to overrun Kobani.
What took so long for the United States and its allies to move forward with helping the Kurdish militia by airdropping supplies and providing military support? The roadblock to this support has been the neighboring country of Turkey. And, talks have been ongoing to get Turkey on board with their ISIS strategy.
Despite Turkey’s Objections, US Airdrops Arms for Kurds
Why the objections from Turkey with ISIS knocking on the country’s doorstep? Turkey has supplied weapons to rebel forces fighting Syrian President Assad. So far, they have denied requests to help the Kurds.
The reason for their refusal is that Kurds in Syria have ties to the PKK – a group labeled as terrorists by Turkish officials. When discussing the political reasons why the United States proceeded with airdrops of arms and medical supplies, John Kerry touched on Turkey and their opposition due to the PKK.
“Let me say very respectfully to our allies the Turks that we understand fully the fundamentals of their opposition and ours to any kind of terrorist group and particularly obviously the challenges they face with respect the PKK,” Kerry said. “But we have undertaken a coalition effort to degrade and destroy ISIL, and ISIL is presenting itself in major numbers in this place called Kobani.”
While the US airdrops arms to the Kurds in Syria, there are still a lot of unknowns. One of the biggest unknowns is whether or not the Kurdish militia will be able to defeat ISIS and win the battle for Kobani. And if the Kurds do take control of this border town, will they then turn their efforts to aiding the PKK in its fight against Turkish forces?