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Western weapons falls into the hands of terrorists

British organization Conflict Armament Research (CAR) by name  examined the ways of arms supplies to the areas of military conflicts and has published a new investigation on Syria (link:

Its experts have found out that weapons supplied by Western countries, not only gets into the hands of the Syrian opposition fighters but also into the hands of IS terrorists .

It is noteworthy that at the beginning of the Syrian conflict IS militants used mainly weapons captured during the fighting with the Syrian and Iraqi government troops. But after 2015 the terrorists gained new sources such as illegal supplies of weapons from the Western countries, buy and capture arms shipments destined to the Syrian opposition, as well as its own domestic arms industry.

According to CAR’s assistant James Bevan, the first evidence of illegal weapons turnover came to be known as his staff found a box of ammunition with serial numbers not far from Mosul.


James Bevan is trying to establish a supplier and manufacturer of the projectile.Source: Conflict Armament Research

This became possible after some settlements’ recapturing during the government troops’ offensive near Mosul. It turned out that the ammunition had been manufactured in the factories of Eastern Europe, but it was legally acquired by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United States after some time. These countries were delivering weapons to the opposition groups in Syria through Turkey.

Moreover different batches of ammunition were found in the Iraqi cities of Tikrit, Ramadi, Fallujah and Mosul. The IS militants used such kind of rounds against government troops. CAR has documented more than 300 samples, which were manufactured in the United States since the 2000s. It sounds strange, but the terrorists very often got ammo in two months after shipping from the factory to the customer.


5.56 x 45 mm ammunition found by CAR’s specialists in Iraq are manufactured in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, Independence, Missouri, US. Source: Conflict Armament Research

 In addition, IS militants managed to mass-produce their own weapons in the territories under their control purchasing raw materials for their production. It is still unclear how industrial chemicals’ bags which are sold in Turkey exclusively for the domestic market, fell into the hands of IS in Syria. It is worth noting that the militants continue to buy raw materials at wholesale. Terrorist supply chain involves serious contacts of large suppliers in Turkey.

IS also collected manmade mortars at makeshift factories. BBC News security correspondent Gordon Corera confirmed frequent findings of manmade weapons and improvised explosive devices and MRLS.


Dzhebhat Shamiya’s improvised weapons mounted on a bulldozer. Source:


 On the basis of this investigation it can be concluded that the western countries are very interested in the escalation of the situation in Syria and Iraq and deliberately organize weapons and ammunition supply both to armed Syrian opposition and to the terrorists. Despite the clear evidence it probably will not help to change the situation for the better. Gun lobby in the US and fabulous profits of the military-industrial complex will always be the most important obstacle to the peace process.

Nothing personal, it’s just business. It very much looks like the US’ job. Something like that was during the First and the Second World Wars. US supplied arms and ammunition to all parties of the conflict, so that they could destroy each other. Then the US joins the winner almost without losses and Hollywood enshrines the US in history as the only savior of the world.

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