“War is hell,” said Union General William Tecumseh Sherman.
I’m not sure what Sherman would have said if he had been forced to go to war alongside a military as incompetent as Iraq’s.
NBC News reports the Iraqi air force, which is supposed to be helping defend its country against Islamic State militants, mistakenly dropped food, ammunition and other supplies on enemy soldiers.
The supplies were used to kill “besieged Iraqi army officers and soldiers who had been fighting Islamist extremists for a week.”
“[We] helped ISIS fighters to kill our soldiers,” said a member of Iraq’s parliament.
The mistake was corroborated by a general in Iraq’s defense ministry, who asked not to be named.
Meanwhile, the Kurds, whose soldiers are called the peshmerga (“those who face death”), continue to do most of the fighting in Iraq and Syria, but have been told by the U.S. they must remain subservient to Baghdad.
Since U.S. forces departed, the Iraqi military, despite receiving $25 billion in aid and years of training, has been so disastrous the U.S. is now having to bomb much of the military equipment it donated to Iraq.
In fact, the Kurds, until recently, were so outgunned by the abundance of advanced U.S. weapons abandoned by fleeing Iraqi soldiers they had to beg the U.S. for equal firepower.
Let’s hope Iraq doesn’t try to help Kurdish forces by dropping bombs on them.
More interesting news I ran across today:
- 2 female teachers arrested after male student brags about sex
- 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had brain disease
- CDC refuses to release Ebola patient’s flight information to public
- White lesbian couple sues after baby is born using black donor’s sperm
- Former TSA agent arrested for videotaping co-worker in bathroom
- New whale species discovered off coast of Florida panhandle
- Walri (plural of walrus?) running out of ice to lounge on
- Database shows $3.5 billion connection between drug companies, doctors