ISIS Is Taking Over Iraq Using Captured American Weapons

By Michael Snyder.

The Caliphate On The March - ISIS Media Hub  ISIS is marching through city after city in Iraq, and they are doing it with American weapons.  Thanks to a series of stunning victories in recent months, ISIS has captured a vast array of U.S. military equipment including trucks, Humvees, rockets, artillery pieces and Stinger missiles.  When the U.S. was pulling out of Iraq, we were extremely generous to the new Iraqi army.  We basically armed them to the teeth with equipment that U.S. taxpayers paid for.  But now that the new Iraqi army is folding like a 20 dollar suit in the face of ISIS jihadists, vast quantities of that military equipment are falling into the hands of some of the most radical jihadists the world has ever seen.  And considering the fact that ISIS also recently seized the equivalent of nearly $500 million in cash from a bank in Mosul, the leadership of ISIS won’t be having much problem buying anything else that they might need either.  ISIS is getting stronger with each passing day, and they are not going to be satisfied until the Iraqi government has been toppled.  It is a geopolitical mess of epic proportions, and there don’t seem to be any easy solutions on the horizon.

To say that the new Iraqi army has been incompetent would be a massive understatement.  Not only have they run away like scared kittens from these jihadists, they have also left behind staggering amounts of weaponry for them.  According to the Los Angeles Times, ISIS has captured “the weapons stores of the 2nd and 3rd [Iraqi army] divisions in Mosul, the 4th division in Salah al Din, the 12th division in the areas near Kirkuk, and another division in Diyala”.  And we aren’t just talking about rifles and ammunition.  We are talking about some pretty impressive hardware

Government forces retreated en masse from the onslaught, leaving behind a military hardware bonanza, including the U.S.-made armored Humvees as well as trucks, rockets, artillery pieces, rifles, ammunition, even a helicopter. Some of the seized materiel was old or otherwise non-functioning; but a lot was promptly put to use on the battlefield.

Pictures of grinning Islamist warriors cruising in U.S. Humvees bedecked with white-on-black militant flags flooded the Internet and became the signature image of the ISIS rampage.

ISIS social-media enthusiasts even mocked the global #BringBackOurGirls Twitter campaign, referring to girls kidnapped by an Al Qaeda offshoot in Nigeria. ISIS sympathizers began tweeting #BringBackOurHumvee.

One of the most popular photos mocking the Obamas and the U.S. military under the #BringBackOurHumvee hashtag is posted below…

BringBackOurHumvee

We have become a laughingstock to ISIS.  They know that we are not going to invade Iraq again.  So they are laughing at us as they use our own equipment to take over the country.

It is estimated that the military equipment that ISIS has captured so far could equip an army of 200,000 soldiers.  No wonder ISIS is recruiting more fighters so vigorously.

But wait, there’s more.

As WND has documented, members of ISIS were actually trained by U.S. personnel at a secret base in Jordan back in 2012…

Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.

The officials said dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq.

The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida.

So U.S. taxpayers have not just paid for their weapons.

We have also paid for their training.

Not only that, but ISIS has also captured the Al Muthanna chemical weapons facility.

According to WND, some officials are concerned that ISIS may be able to use that sarin gas production facility to start churning out poison gas…

And they also may be working with a man who’s known for his expertise in making sarin, a manmade toxin that was developed in Germany and can, according to the Centers for Disease Control, produce loss of consciousness, convulsions, paralysis and death in victims who are exposed.

The revelations comes as the State Department acknowledged that ISIS has captured a stockpile of old chemical weapons at the Al Muthanna chemical weapons production complex as its fighters sweep through Iraq’s Sunni- controlled region.

The access to a sarin poison gas production facility, and the man with the expertise to operate it, is the result of a new alliance between the brutal jihadist fighters and Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who was a top military commander and vice president to the deposed Saddam Hussein.

And the folks running ISIS are crazy enough to do just about anything.  They are stone cold killers that will go to extreme lengths to advance their cause.  If you are not very familiar with ISIS yet, the YouTube documentary posted below contains some footage from some of their recent triumphs…

Iraq is literally being torn to pieces by this conflict, and even young boys are getting swept up into the fighting.For example, check out this excerpt from a recent Daily Beast article

It was a surprising sight. The customers standing in Haj Hamdoun’s store in central Mosul watched as a masked child came into the shop, bought what he wanted without saying a word and then left again, carrying a bag containing candies and milk in one hand and a heavy machine gun, which was just about as big as him, in the other.

This was Abdullah, who appears to be the city’s youngest volunteer with the Sunni extremist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, that took control of Mosul over two weeks ago.

Abdullah is not yet 11 years old. But his older brother and his father, who was a senior member of ISIS, were killed in fighting between the group and Iraqi security forces in 2013. That’s why Abdullah joined ISIS, although he is far from the only child in its ranks.

And the photo of a 13-year-old ISIS fighter below comes from the ISIS Media Hub on Twitter

13 Year Old Jihadist - ISIS Media Hub

So where does all of this end?

For ISIS, the conquest of Iraq and Syria would just be the beginning.  Ultimately, ISIS intends to establish a caliphate that will rule the entire Middle East (and eventually the entire world).

And who is going to stop them from taking over Iraq?  These radicals are more than willing to die for what they believe in, and the Iraqi army has been pretty pathetic so far.

The United States seems to have very little interest in another Iraq war, and other nations would probably be extremely hesitant to intervene as well.

So who is going to stop ISIS?

And is there a larger geopolitical agenda at work here?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

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A former Washington, D.C., attorney, Michael Snyder runs a number of websites, including:

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  • Voice of Reason

    The reasonable thing to do would be to work with Russia and Iran, who both have even more pressing interests in preventing the crazies from running wild than we do. But that, of course, would mean renouncing the hegemonic wet dreams of the crazies in the U.S. State Department who are running the country and perhaps the world over a cliff. And like IS, they are not likely to go quietly.

  • RaisingMac

    ISIS is still overrated. They’re busy getting their cans kicked in neighboring Syria right now. They probably figure, since they can’t take out Assad, they should go for Maliki–he must be the weak link in the chain. But what the Syrian are doing has furnished the Iraqis with a functional battle plan that can work. Those Russian jets will be arriving any day now…

    • jo6pac

      The jets have arrived and Iran sent 6 or 7 the other day with Iranian pilots. The planes coming from Russia will be flown by retired Syrian pilots.

    • Steve

      Yup, they are mostly media hype to make a story. They are far too small to do much more and will go away soon. This article is ridiculous.

  • Charlie Primero

    I have a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell anyone who believes ISIS found Stinger missiles laying in parking lots and 1/2 billion dollars abandoned in an old bank vault.

    This PNAC plan to bust strong, secular Muslim states into many small, fundamentalist, weak states has been the policy goal of Israel since 1991. You can go read the thing online.

    American soldiers and Al CIAda/ISIS are the dumb thug muscle. Control of the region’s petroleum is the sugar that sells the plan to American hillbillies. Dumb American taxpayers foot the bill. Perhaps Americans deserve to be treated like cattle.

  • jadan

    George Bush and the PNAC created the chaos and ongoing genocide in Iraq. Snyder is impressed by the cold blooded ISIS group without realizing that the US is far more ruthless and destructive on a much larger scale. Let’s talk DU & Fallujah and the premeditated destruction of an entire modern nation state. These people want to restore what Saddam built. The US & Israel do not want Iraq to rise again. Snyder’s hysterical global caliphate nonsense shows his “war on terror” mindset and lack of any useful insight into what’s going on in that wretched country.

  • teori

    Borders in the sand; dust storms will change the landscape. The first to the second intervention to redraw those borders needed more than covert hence the overt meddling. There is no conflict of interest, it’s all imperial .. who is really winning. Ps. Smart bomb any factory.

  • Robert Barsocchini

    The video had some value (showing Isis) but was also US propaganda. The FSA is just another terrorist group, the one the USA arms openly as a cover for arming everyone trying to overthrow Assad.

    Here’s one of the FSA’s recent terrorist bombings of civilians, which killed about 20 times more people than were killed by the Boston bombers. You didn’t hear about this in US corporate media:

    http://news.antiwar.com/2014/05/23/us-armed-rebels-shell-syrian-election-rally-killing-39/

    The USA knows that US armed militants share weapons with and often simply join Al Qaeda groups. The US has worked with Al Qaeda on at least five occasions. This is just one of them.

  • Steve

    This article should be on the “before its news” website. Its nothing but right wing false stories to make the current government look bad.

  • isis will die

    isis need to be eliminated likr the nazzis every last one show them no mersy