The U.S. Air Force dropped military aid around the besieged Syrian town of Kobani overnight in an effort to resupply Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants there, U.S. Central Command in Tampa said.

Three C-130 cargo planes dropped 27 bundles ofweapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Kurdish fighters, a senior U.S. administration official said late Sunday. The Pentagon believes “the vast majority” of the supplies reached the Kurdish fighters, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity under orders from the White House.

The cargo planes were unescorted by fighters because the Pentagon does not believe that the Islamic State has anti-aircraft capability, although fighter jets remain on standby. All the aircraft returned safely at about 8 p.m. ET, the official said. […]