Inside the nearly 2:00 minute video, a masked gunman is shown walking to various containers from the airdropped pallet and then opening each container that was loaded with hand grenades, rocket propelled grenades, and ammunition.
The airdrop occurred on Monday and was originally intended for Kurdish militia forces who are fighting ISIS within the Syrian border town of Kabani.
The US Department of Defense said on Tuesday that 27 of the 28 pallets that were airdropped had been acquired by their intended recipients of the Kurdish militia forces.
Rear Admiral John Kirby of the US Navy issued a statement with Mike Livak that some of the weapons shown in the video are similar to what the US had airdropped on Monday and that, “It was possible that ISIS had intercepted one of the drops.”
Speculation, as reported in The Wall Street Journal, is that one of the GPS-guided parachutes malfunctioned on its descent to the Syrian surface. As a result, Twitter was full of ISIS supporters saying, “Thank you.” for the mistake by the US military that resulted in an unexpected cache of weapons and ammunition.
The Associated Press went on to report that the mistake was more of an embarrassment to the US military rather than a strategic crisis. With the amount of weapons already in the hands of ISIS, this cache was quite small in comparison.