Coalition Rejects Accusations Of 'Supplying Or Supporting Isis'
U.S.-led Coalition forces rejected allegations that the Coalition is "supplying or supporting Islamic State (ISIS)" in Iraq, calling the claims "absurd."
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in a statement on Friday night (June 30) that the Coalition supports the government of Iraq to defeat ISIS militants in the country.
Seven military helicopters were shown in footage flying over an ISIS-held area near Hawija last week, one of which appeared to land.
The helicopters appeared to be Boeing Ch-47 Chinook, Cobra and Apache helicopters.
According to the Coalition forces, there have been "specific accusations" that the Coalition is "supplying or supporting ISIS" through the helicopters.
"… That is COMPLETELY false. There is no truth to that accusation at all; absurd," the Coalition statement said.
"We are here to support the Government of Iraq to DEFEAT Daesh; to kill them or to compel them to surrender, period!" the statement added, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS militants
The CJTF-OIR further said it "works by, with, and through" the Iraqi government to defeat ISIS militants in the country.
Wasta Rasul, a Peshmerga commander south of Kirkuk, told reporters on Friday that the helicopters were from the Iraq-U.S. Joint Operations and they conducted a private mission.
“They carried out the mission successfully,” Rasul added.