Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Weapons That ISIS Has Captured In Iraq Is Altering The Military Balance In Iraq And Syria

ISIS Weapons Windfall May Alter Balance In Iraq, Syria Conflicts -- L.A. Times

Six months ago, Sunni Arab militants faced a daunting firepower imbalance in their uprising against the U.S.-equipped Iraqi army west of Baghdad.

But once their campaign for the city of Fallouja was launched in January, their lethal capabilities were bolstered from the stockpiles of the Iraqi armed forces.

Many soldiers fled, throwing down their weapons, which were picked up by the insurgents. Police stations and security posts overrun by Sunni militants yielded more martial booty to be turned against the forces of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's Shiite Muslim-led government.

"Praise God, we soon had enough weapons to fight for one or two years," said Ahmad Dabaash, spokesman for the Islamic Army, a Sunni rebel faction, who spoke in a hotel lobby here in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region. "And now? Don't even ask!"

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My Comment:  They have the will and the weapons to fight .... the question that needs to be answered is .... do they have the numbers necessary to carry and sustain the fight against Syrian and Iraqi military forces.

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