Report: Iraq Aid Dropped from 15k Feet Without a Parachute, Exploded on Impact
I’m actually having a hard time with this one. This is the type of thing Arthur Carlson would do, not the US military:
Two American aid flights have also made it to the mountain, where they have dropped off more than 36,000 meals and 7,000 gallons of drinking water to help the refugees, and last night two RAF C-130 transport planes were also on the way.
However, Iraqi officials said that much of the US aid had been “useless” because it was dropped from 15,000ft without parachutes and exploded on impact.
I’m sorry, but I don’t believe that. This isn’t the military’s first rodeo as far as humanitarian airdrops. : Here’s what they did in Haiti:
See the parachutes? : I mean, they know how to do this.
And that’s what I thought before I read this:
Fun fact, per Michael Warren : The Jonathan Krohn who wrote this piece for the Telegraph appears to be the same Jonathan Krohn who spoke at CPAC five years ago as a 13-year-old conservative firebrand. Five years later, he’s a fellow for a Kurdish media company and eyewitness to ISIS’s most visible atrocity (so far).
Krohn then went far left.
You trust him?
I don’t, and neither did Allahpundit, who found this:
Krohn’s piece was also published today: at the Daily Mail: . The opening is identical to the opening of the story quoted above but the detail about U.S. aid without parachutes is missing.: WaPo’s account: : of what’s happening on Mount Sinjar also mentions nothing about missing parachutes and exploded aid, but does have this:
Airdrops of food and water – which apparently went awry – were followed by airstrikes, including four on Friday that targeted Islamic State positions around the mountain…
The family took refuge on a barren patch of land, and for the last three days of their ordeal they survived by sharing bottle-cap amounts of water from the last of their meager supplies.: Food dropped by U.S. warplanes landed between their sanctuary and the Islamic State positions and could not be reached. For three days, they did not eat.
That’s more plausible. My best guess is that American planes were forced to fly higher than they would have liked for fear of ISIS targeting them from the ground, so that when they released the aid, some of it drifted off course and maybe got smashed apart when wind blew it against the mountain.
I’m not buying Krohn’s version is bogus.
What do you think?
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