In the latest series of military failures revealed by the Islamic State’s media channels, a US airdrop intended for the Kurdish defenders of the northern Syrian town of Kobane was instead seized by fighters from the Sunni militant group.

A video released by the Islamic State on 21 October showed a militant inspecting a pallet of supplies that were dropped using the Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS). The JPADS uses GPS guidance and a steerable parachute to increase the accuracy of airdrops so they can be made from higher altitudes or into smaller drop zones.

The supplies included a number of green wooden boxes containing ammunition, including old fragmentation grenades without fuzes, rocket propelled grenades and associated propelling charges, and German-made DM41 hand grenades. […]