Iran reports, “Anti-ISIS” forces shoot down US helicopter supplying ISIS

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 by Will Rodriguez 9 Comments

Iran’s Fars News Agency reported the Anti-ISIS Al-Hashad Al-Shabi militia forces shot down a US helicopter supplying ISIS.  It further reported US Apache helicopters airdropped food and arms to ISIS.  Fars published pictures of the shot down helicopter (see above).

There are a couple of problems with the report.  First, the helicopter pictured isn’t a US helicopter.  Second, Apaches don’t conduct airdrop operations.  They are an attack helicopter with no cargo capacity unless someone rigs fake fuel tanks and stuffs supplies in them.  Heck, Apaches don’t even have a cargo hook.   Third inly the most densely covered tin foil hat types could believe the US is supplying ISIS let alone doing it overtly.

Defense one reports these rumors are believed at the highest echelons of Iranian decision makers.  Iran’s Quds force commander, Qassem Suleimani actively believes them. The danger is that the Iranian rumors are starting to be believed by Iraqi forces making it much harder and dangerous to work with them.  Army Brig. Gen. Kurt Crytzer, U.S. Special Operations Command Central deputy commander confirmed that a Special Forces detachment was asked why the US was supplying ISIS by the gate guards.  When the gate guards start asking questions like that, it doesn’t bode well for the mission.  To make matters worse General Crytzer confirmed a US helicopter had been fired upon by Iraqi forces.

Why would Iran believe such a farfetched message?  Well this may be a secondary effect of our own already over developed tendency to create incredible conspiracy stories.  “Jade Helm” anyone?  Iran’s fibbing might be attributable to the previous reason but there are quite a few more plausible reasons or a combination there of.

Iran has a penchant for extravagant claims.  In the same theme as US aircraft supplying ISIS, Iran has also stated the Brits are doing so also and recently shot down two of their supply planes.  (Again, a blatant lie.)  Iran routinely reports military capabilities or greater influence in the world than they have.   Iran laughingly showcased a make believe stealth fighter supposedly superior to US aircraft in 2013.  The aircraft was a resin mock up.  About a week ago Iran claimed to have sent the US Navy running in the Gulf of Aden when a week prior the opposite occurred.

Incredible story telling stokes the masses.  I don’t see this as a real issue in Iran where public opinion can be easily addressed with Iran’s secret police e.g. the short-lived Green Revolution.  For the intensely insecure, story making can create imaginary capability in one’s mind for a short time at least.  If nothing else it gives Iranian troops confidence until they start getting mowed down by the bushel.

Personally, I think the most likely scenario is Iran was stung by its inability to take Tikrit alone last month.  Creating a myth of US support for ISIS, whether conscious or not, soothes the Persian pride and creates problems for US efforts.  The strongest indicator that leads me to believe I’m right is General Crytzer says Suleimani sincerely believes we are supplying ISIS.

In the meantime the road to ousting ISIS gets no easier but then again that’s not the goal anyway.

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  • toril

    Interesting article, I would like to say I am surprised that anyone would believe it, but after the Jade Helm craziness, I am not.  It seems to me that Iran is carefully trying to sow enough doubt about the coalition members so that Iraq will view Iran as the only ally she can trust.  I wonder how long before they start making similar claims about Canada, Jordan etc….

  • Michael_mike

    toril Jade Helm is more an example of free speech going wrong, but it remain free speech just like theory about 9/11 or Obama not being born in united states. But I can’t blame people to be felt conned about those “death dome”, FWIW they look more like a nuclear shelter at a time when norad is going back to Cheyenne mountains.

    A better example of media propaganda is when Russia took over Crimea.

  • toril

    Michael_mike toril Sorry should have made it more clear.   My comparison  to Jade Helm was referring to people believing something that is so blatantly in correct not Iran’s misinformation campaign.  I do fully agree Iran’s action are closer to those of Russian in the Crimea.  What does bother me more though while the western media had a hay day reporting on some of the more wilder stories Russia was spreading, there has been barely a peep at Iran’s campaign of misinformation regarding Iraq.

  • YankeePapa

    .
    …During the Rhodesia Bush War Samora Machel of Mozambique claimed that Rhodesian Hawker-Hunter aircraft were parachuting “Rhodesian tanks” into his country.  Rhodesia had no tanks at that time (stole some Soviet ones from Mozambique a few years later) and a Hawker-Hunter would be doing good to take off with a motorcycle slung underneath.  MSM repeated the story without comment.  
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    …Couple of years later, Kenneth Kuanda of Zambia… his forces lost an engagement with Rhodesian forces when they blundered into a Rhodesian raid on a terrorist base camp.  Kuanda explained his troops being handed their heads by stating, “I can not rule out the involvement of the Israeli Air Force…”  MSM repeated the story without comment…
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    …It doesn’t matter so much how many people don’t believe the story… it’s the ones who do.  Many in the Mideast will be convinced that a U.S. chopper was shot down attempting to aid ISIS.
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    -YP-

  • Michael_mike

    Look like they are the one feeding ISIS as they received 2300 humvee in mosul, part of “we lost a lot of weapons” deal.

    http://news.yahoo.com/iraq-lost-2-300-humvee-armoured-vehicles-mosul-170857509.html

  • Michael_mike

    I think I pushed the sarcasm a bit too far. Could not manage to delete that post.

  • Michael_mike 
    I don’t think so.  It’s an accurate statement not that we could have done anything differently which always leads to frustration.

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