Well who F’d this one up? I can’t even believe this.
This costly mistake got hundreds of Iraqi soldiers killed. A mistake made by their own pilots…
The care packages were supposed to reach the soldiers to help defend and fight of the jihadist fighters. Instead Iraqi air force pilots dropped off supplies of water, food, and even ammunition to the enemy, the Islamic State militants.
Hakim Al-Zamili, an Iraqi MP who is also a member of the security and defense committee, said the mistake had effectively allowed ISIS to kill off its besieged soldiers.
Al-Zamili had told NBC News: ‘Those 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.’
I can see how this will raise questions for the U.S lead coalition, who will need to depend on the Iraqi military to help fend of the insurgence.
The cause of the mishap is still unknown, but an officer says youth and inexperience is to blame saying the pilots are ‘all young and new’.