A soldier with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces aims with his rifle during fighting with Islamic State (IS) fighters, in Amerly town, northeastern Baghdad, Iraq
A soldier with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces aims with his rifle during fighting with Islamic State (IS) fighters, in Amerly town, northeastern Baghdad, Iraq EPA/STR

ISIS scores food, ammo in air drops meant for fighters

IRAQI military pilots intending to supply aid and armoury to its solders besieged by Isis militants have mistakenly supplied the items directly to its enemy instead.

A senior security official and a brigadier general told NBC News that the supplies of food, water and ammunition intended to help Iraqi soldiers in the country's western province of Saglawyah, was dropped over an area controlled by Isis (also known as Islamic State) militants in error.

The brigadier general, who has remained unnamed, said some of Iraq's air force pilots "do not have enough experience," adding that they are "all young and new".

The Iraqi generals and soldiers the aid was intended for have been fighting militants in the area for a week and are in "deadly need" of the supplies, said Hakim Al-Zamilli, a member of the Iraqi parliament who serves on the security and defence committee.

"Some pilots, instead of dropping these supplies over the area of the Iraqi army, threw it over the area that is controlled by Isis fighters.

"These soldiers were in deadly need of these supplies, but because of the wrong plans of the commanders in the Iraqi army and lack of experience of the pilots, we in a way or another helped Isis fighters to kill our soldiers," he said.

Both the brigadier-general and Al-Zamili said there will be an investigation into the incident.  



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