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US-Supplied Syria-Bound Arms Found in ISIL Positions in Iraq

1 July 2016 16:18

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The Iraqi army seized a large volume of arms and ammunition, supplied by the US and its Arab allies in the Persian Gulf to the militant groups in Syria, in ISIL’s defense lines near Fallujah, informed sources disclosed.

“After the successful air attacks of Iraqi warplane against a long convoy of ISIL vehicles escaping Fallujah, Iraqi soldiers seized the cargo of weapons left behind by the Takfiri terrorists near Fallujah,” the sources said, adding, “Notably, the M79 Osa AT rounds found unscathed in the scene were supplied by the US and its Persian Gulf Arab allies to the militants in Syria.”

This unsettling discovery may uncover militants’ ties to ISIL and cast more suspicion and doubt on the US State Department’s failed moderate rebel training and arming programs.

The US media sources disclosed earlier this week that a large volume of arms and ammunition sent by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to terrorist-held regions in Syrian were found in the black market in Jordan.

The American and Jordanian officials were quoted by the New York Times as claiming that the weapons and ammunition dispatched by CIA and Saudi Arabia to Jordan for Syrian terrorist groups were stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market.

Some of the allegedly stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, a joint investigation by the New York Times and Al Jazeera said.

Jordanian officers who were part of the plan “reaped a windfall” from sale of weapons, using the money to buy iPhones, SUVs and other luxury items, according to the paper, which cited Jordanian officials. CIA could not be immediately reached for comment.

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