“I want to be honest, we barely have any doubt that at least a considerable part of these weapons will fall into the terrorists’ hands,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with NTV channel.
Lavrov pointed out that American society and the Congress are also getting anxious about the Washington’s previous efforts to support “moderate Syrian opposition.”
American airlifters have reportedly dropped 50 tons of small arms ammunition and grenades to Arab groups fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in northern Syria. US officials assure the fighters have been screened and are really confronting IS up in arms.
The parachute airdrop of 112 containers with rounds for M-16 and AK-47, according to the Fox News who cited a senior defense official, was made from Air Force C-17 cargo planes.
A spokesman for the Baghdad-based US military command of the anti-IS campaign in Syria and Iraq, Colonel Steve Warren, confirmed to AP by email that the airdrop took place. A CNN source added that the airdrop took place in the northern Syrian province of Hasakah and was received by the rebel forces known as the Syrian Arab Coalition.
Hasakah is controlled primarily by the Kurdish forces, on Sunday and was successfully received.
Last week the Obama administration announced termination of a $500 million program aimed at creating a military force of moderate Syrian rebels that would fight against IS. Instead, the US would focus on providing munitions and equipment support to the already existing groups on the ground opposing IS.