• ISIS has Enough Weapons for Up to Two Years

    November 20, 2014

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    Posted in: Iraq, Syria


    And guess where the weapons came from?

    A new report prepared for the United Nations Security Council warns ISIS possesses sufficient reserves of small arms, ammunition and vehicles to wage its war in Syria and Iraq for up to two years. And that is assuming they do not capture more weapons, including heavy weapons, from the Iraqi Army, their accidental, primary supplier to date.

    The UN report has even more bad news to share: the size and breadth of the ISIS arsenal provides the group with durable mobility, range and even a limited defense against low-flying aircraft (ISIS has already shot down Iraqi helicopters.) Even if the U.S. bombing campaign continues to destroy the group’s vehicles and heavier weapons, the UN report states, it “cannot mitigate the effect of the significant volume of light weapons” ISIS possesses.

    Where to Begin

    So maybe someone should cut off the flow of weapons to ISIS? Here’s where to start: Almost 20 percent of the small arms ammunition used by ISIS could be traced to U.S. manufacturers. Additionally, the Islamic State appears to use “significant quantities” of ammunition manufactured in Russia under the Wolf brand and distributed by the U.S. to its own allied states in the Middle East. Hmmm.

    Meanwhile, ISIS seems to be getting weapons supplied by air, possibly from Russia, but who really can say.

    Anti-tank weapons that were likely once owned by moderate Syrian rebels have also landed in ISIS hands. In addition to U.S.-supplied arms, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been funneling weaponry to various rebel factions in the conflict.

    Who’s Number 1?

    The ISIS arsenal, according to the UN, includes older T-55 and modern, front-line T-72 tanks, anti-aircraft artillery, shoulder-fired anti-aircraft rockets captured from Iraqi and Syrian military stocks, and “extensive supplies of ammunition,” as well as some 250 light vehicles.

    The UN report does have a sense of humor embedded, noting that much of the ISIS weapons stock stolen from the U.S.-backed Iraqi military was “unused” before ISIS seized it.

    The weapons as a whole, the UN report finds, make ISIS not only the world’s best-funded terrorist group but among its best armed. ISIS is sufficiently armed to threaten the region “even without holding territory”, the report concludes.

    Money Matters

    The report recommends the UN adopt new sanctions designed to disrupt the well-financed ISIS’ economic health. Significant among them is a call for states bordering ISIS-controlled territory (a diplomatic way of saying mostly Turkey) to “promptly seize all oil tanker trucks and their loads” coming in or going out. While the report warns ISIS has alternate revenue sources, primarily ransom payments, and does not predict that truck seizures can eliminate ISIS’ oil smuggling money, it holds out hope that raising the costs to smuggling networks and trucking companies will deter them from bringing ISIS oil to market.

    The report comes on the heels of an October report to the Security Council assessing that 15,000 fighters from 80 countries have flooded into Syria and Iraq to fight alongside ISIS.

    So yeah, things seem to be going well for ISIS now, four months into the U.S. bombing campaign.

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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...


      If we had bombed Iran like McCain and the rest of the neo-con nuts wanted, we wouldn’t have to create and supply ISIS to create perpetual war.

      11/20/14 1:25 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      The weapons as a whole, the UN report finds, make ISIS not only the world’s best-funded terrorist group but among its best armed. ISIS is sufficiently armed to threaten the region “even without holding territory”, the report concludes. –

      Wait..wait..ummmm.. if ISIS is a TERRORIST GROUP, then so is our government and as such, the US government is THE WORLDS BEST FUNDED TERRORIST GROUP!! After all, the USG perpetrates the exact same thing as ISIS. MURDER. And it does so illegally per EO12333. AND, a CIA agent has now come forward to prove it…


      This is precisely why the USG is fighting tooth and nail to protect any and all memos relating to the Drone program from leaking out. Because they are perpetrating ASSASSINATIONS. PERIOD. And that is MURDER. No different than these soldiers….


      As far as I’m concerned, if the USG ISN’T the worlds foremost TERRORIST..then neither is ISIS.
      They’re simply a religeous army fighting for what they believe in..right or wrong. While their beheading of prisoners are insidious, what makes incinerating children any different, hmmmmmmmm?

      Look at these and TELL ME the USG is NOT a TERRORIST..and I’ll spit in your face.


      11/20/14 2:42 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Most intelligent people (i.e. those who don’t watch crap like CNN or read crap like the NYT) consider “terrorism” a meaningless term. If one defines terrorism as killing civilians, then every country involved in a war has committed terrorism. The US committed terrorism in Vietnam, Iraq, Yemen etc etc. But hey, we’re the good guys.

      11/20/14 3:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      11/20/14 10:20 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Everytime I see pics of Hellfire missile murdered children like these I litterally want to …well, you know. I’m ashamed of being an Amerikan now. Unfortunately, these pschopaths running the USG are fucking shameless. I wish I could shove Obamas face into the blood of these children.

      11/21/14 5:11 PM | Comment Link

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