Last week, the Obama administration gave Islamic State militants a 45-minute warning that they were about to be bombed, telling them to run for their lives.
Before the A-10 Thunderbolt II and AC-130 Spectre gunships released their fury on 116 oil tanker trucks, fighter jets made low passes and dropped leaflets.
This admission was made Wednesday at a press briefing held at the Pentagon.
“In Al-Bukamal, we destroyed 116 tanker trucks, which we believe will reduce ISIL’s ability to transport its stolen oil products,” Army Col. Steve Warren said in a Pentagon teleconference from Baghdad. “This is our first strike against tanker trucks, and to minimize risks to civilians, we conducted a leaflet drop prior to the strike. We did a show of force, by — we had aircraft essentially buzz the trucks at low altitude.”
Col. Steve Warren admitted the leaflets said, “Get out of your trucks now and run away from them. Warning. Airstrikes are coming, oil trucks will be destroyed. Get away from your oil trucks immediately. Do not risk your life.”
“We combine these leaflet drops with very low altitude passes of some of our attack aviation, which sends a very powerful message,” Warren added.
Warren also bashed Russia’s methods to combat ISIS, saying, “As you noted, you know, the Russians are using dumb bombs. Their history has been both reckless and irresponsible.”
However, retired U.S. Navy intelligence officer J.E. Dyer called out U.S. Department of Defense. “It’s not like these drivers are innocent, uninvolved ‘civilians’ like children or sick people,” writes Dyer. “They’re waging ISIS’s war, just like the other non-uniformed participants who make up 100% of ISIS’s ranks. This is how far the Obama administration is going to avoid “collateral damage” — and who knows, it may be worse.”