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London-Based Consultancy: Islamic State Rebels Using U.S. Government Weapons

Islamic State militants use American-made weapons. Source: Conflict Armament Research
Islamic State militants use U.S. government weapons. Source: Conflict Armament Research

A report published by the London-based Conflict Armament Research consultancy found that Islamic State militants had access to large numbers of U.S. weapons, which they were shifting to key battlefields.

Pictures of these weapons can be viewed here: 11 Photos Of U.S. Weapons Used By ISIS — And Some Rockets From America’s Friends.

The report drew no conclusions about how the weapons were sourced.

However, plenty of stories have leaked in relation to the secret Jordanian base that the U.S. used to train Islamic State rebels. PressTV touches upon this secret base by referring to a Der Spiegel piece, which also reported last March that Americans were training militants in Jordan for fighting in Syria.

The most in-depth analysis of the U.S.-trained Islamic State rebels came in an article from WND. Here is that article:

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.

In February 2012, WND was first to report the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region.

Last March, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported Americans were training Syrian rebels in Jordan.

Quoting what it said were training participants and organizers, Der Spiegel reported it was not clear whether the Americans worked for private firms or were with the U.S. Army, but the magazine said some organizers wore uniforms. The training in Jordan reportedly focused on use of anti-tank weaponry.

The Jordanian officials spoke to WND amid concern the sectarian violence in Iraq will spill over into their own country as well as into Syria.

WND reported last week that, according to Jordanian and Syrian regime sources, Saudi Arabia has been arming the ISIS and that the Saudis are a driving force in supporting the al-Qaida-linked group.

WND further reported that, according to a Shiite source in contact with a high official in the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the Obama administration has been aware for two months that the al-Qaida-inspired group that has taken over two Iraqi cities and now is threatening Baghdad also was training fighters in Turkey.

The source told WND that at least one of the training camps of the group Iraq of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria, the ISIS, is in the vicinity of Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey, where American personnel and equipment are located.

He called Obama “an accomplice” in the attacks that are threatening the Maliki government the U.S. helped establish through the Iraq war.

The source said that after training in Turkey, thousands of ISIS fighters went to Iraq by way of Syria to join the effort to establish an Islamic caliphate subject to strict Islamic law, or Shariah.

You don’t need me to tell you. This is bad. Very, very, very bad.

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