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After US Drops Arms in Kobane, ICP Asks, UN's Ban “Notes” It, Wants in “Broad Context” of Int'l Law,

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As US Drops Arms In Kobane, Syria PR Tells ICP No Notice, Ban No Comment By Matthew Russell Lee UNITED NATIONS, October 20, more here -- The day after the US announced it had air-dropped weapons to Kurds in Kobane in Syria, on October 20 Inner City Press asked Syria's Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari and then the Spokesman for the UN's Ban Ki-moon about it. Ja'afari told Inner City Press that the US did not provide notice, as they had done for their airstrikes. Inner City Press asked Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who said that Ban "takes note" of the air drop of weapons, and wants all actions to be within the "broad context of international law." So Inner City Press asked, is this air-drop in the context, how ever broad, of international law to date? Without the consent of (or even notice to) the country dropped into, and without any UN Security Council? Dujarric said he would not go further in his response. (Earlier on October 20, former Secretary General Kofi Annan passed by the UN Security Council on his way to speak about science, peace and development and CERN; he famously answered the BBC that the invasion of Iraq was not within the framework of international law, just as he days ago answered BBC that slow response to Ebola was because it is in Africa.) Various diplomats at the UN on October 20 complained to Inner City Press that, as done by the US, the air drop of weapons was "an act of aggression." Another question raised: what was the origin, initially, of the weapons the US moved from Kurdistan in Iraq to Kobane? US? EU? Or even.. Iran? Watch this site. On October 19, the White House issued this read-out: "The President called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last night to discuss Syria, particularly the situation in Kobani, and steps that could be taken to counter ISIL advances. The President expressed appreciation for Turkey hosting over a million refugees, including thousands from Kobani. The two leaders pledged to continue to work closely together to strengthen cooperation against ISIL." It rang false, this last line. But on a background call after the airdrops, Senior US Administration Officials said that Obama told Erdogan it would happen. Asked if land re-supply is being considered, another said that Turkey would be spoken with. Inevitably one wonders: if Turkey hadn't so decisively lost its race for a UN Security Council seat on October 16, with only 60 votes to Spain's 132, would its opposition to the US action be more vocal, or considered by the US? The US said its "military forces conducted multiple airdrops tonight in the vicinity of Kobani, Syria to resupply Kurdish forces on the ground defending the city against ISIL. The airdrops were conducted by U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The aircraft delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies that were provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq." But who's to say the weapons of the Kurds in Iraq weren't the weapons provided by the US and others?