Would you like to know who owns the majority of ISIS’s weapons? You do. The U.S. taxpayer.
A report is out this morning making the rounds on various news sites from Conflict Armament Research, an organization that tracks small arms and munitions through various conflict zones, which shows a good percentage of arms captured from “ISIS” fighters are actually the property of the U.S. government.
The 18 page CAR report (PDF) opens with a picture of an M16 style assault rifle made in the U.S. for the military. Under the “key findings” section found on page 6, they start off with this:
KEY FINDINGSANTI-TANK ROCKETSM79 90 mm anti-tank rockets captured fromIS forces in Syria are identical to M79 rocketstransferred by Saudi Arabia to forces operatingunder the ‘Free Syrian Army’ umbrella in 2013.
The report is generating a little press. The Washington Post claims the weapons were “taken” from the moderate Syrian terrorists we armed. The New York Times dutifully comes to the same conclusion. So does Press TV for that matter.
The study, conducted by the London-based small-arms research organization Conflict Armament Research, documented arms captured by Kurdish forces from militants over a period of 10 days toward the end of July.
According to the investigation, the ISIL militants have been using “significant quantities” of arms including M16 assault rifles marked “property of the US government’.
The weapons were originally given to the so-called moderate anti-government militants in Syria, the study found. Press TV
You might recall back in July “ISIS” was reported to be driving around in U.S. Humvees and supposedly had “52 U.S.-supplied artillery pieces with GPS aiming systems.”
Anybody remember this image? The USAID logo says “from the American people”
On a side note, the interwebs are reporting that the social media expert running “ISIS’s” media campaign is a privileged kid, son of an endocrinologist from Boston. It just so happens that James Foley was also from Boston.
al Jazeera had to retract their article raising questions about the legitimacy of the ridiculously obvious staged “beheading” videos.