The Turkish Yeni Safak newspaper revealed on October 31 that it had obtained several documents, which prove that ISIS received weapons and ammunition directly from the US-led coalition.
A commander in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) confirmed to Yeni Safak that the U.S. had handed over weapons to ISIS in the town of al-Mansurah, west of the city of Raqqa, and in the area of al-Tanaf, near the border with Iraq.
According to the commander, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the US-led coalition formed a group of Kurds and Arabs to facilitate the delivery of weapons to ISIS terrorists. The PPK and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) played a key role in the process.
“There is a special team working under the supervision and guidance of the United States, whose mission is to secure the delivery of weapons to ISIS in Syria, and in the recent deliveries this year, two commanders of the PKK were executed in the town of Tel Abyad in eastern Syria,” the commander said without explaining why the two commanders were executed.
The commander also revealed that the weapons supplied by the U.S. allowed ISIS to advance in the central Syrian governorate of Homs. The terrorist group also used weapons, which had been supplied by the U.S. through Kurdish groups, while it was attempting to repel the Turkish military advance on the city of al-Bab.
These weapons were not free, according to the PKK commander, who said that ISIS had paid for them with gold and ancient artifacts, which were looted from areas captured by the terrorist group. U.S. commanders reportedly received the payment personally.
Yeni Safak documents and the information provided by the PKK commander are yet to be verified. However, large quantities of US-supplied weapons were indeed uncovered in areas liberated from ISIS. This creates a serious concern how these weapons found its way to the terrorist group.