June 9, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – The Iranian website Alalam is reporting today that ISIS as well as other jihadist groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra are using sophisticated American heavy weapons in the effort to establish a genuine Islamic caliphate headquartered in Iraq and Syria.
“[the] latest propaganda video of ISIS published today and shows ISIS using U.S. TOW anti-tank missiles [lead image] during the capture of the Syrian town of Palmyra last month..ISIS has also obtained 40 M1A1 tanks, 74,000 machine guns, and 52 M198 Howitzer mobile gun systems.”
How ISIS came to be in possession of these weapons is subject to debate.
We absolutely know that Team Barry trans-shipped weapons from Benghazi, Libya directly to Syria and also through an intermediary country, Turkey to be delivered to this administration “moderate rebels” in Syria. Many of these were of Russian origin [man portable anti-aircraft missile defense weapons, MANPADS] testifying to Gaddafi’s long relationship with the Soviet Union. Others, of U.S. origin such as Stinger missiles were also part of this transfer process, since serial numbers have been matched against GI issue hardware.
Regarding the heavy weapons; thought some might possibly have been shipped directly to Syria’s jihadists by the U.S., who then handed them over to ISIS, it's more likely that M198 howitzers and Abrams tanks were probably obtained directly by ISIS in any of the group’s numerous battlefield successes, left behind by fleeing Iraqi army troops.
Alalam is a state controlled news source, owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.
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