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ISIL Moving Seized U.S. Tanks, Humvees to Syria
Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/17/2014 | Bill Gertz

Posted on 06/17/2014 2:47:20 AM PDT by markomalley

Syrian and Iraqi terrorist forces obtained significant numbers of tanks, trucks, and U.S.-origin Humvees in recent military operations in Iraq and those arms are being shipped to al Qaeda rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials.

U.S. intelligence agencies reported this week that photos of the equipment transfers were posted online by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, the ultra-violent terror group that broke away from al Qaeda but shares its goals and philosophy.

Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Bill Speaks confirmed the weapons transfers and expressed concerns about the captured arms.

“We’re aware of reports of some equipment—namely Humvees—and the pictures that have been posted online,” Speaks said in an email. “We are certainly concerned about these reports and are consulting with the Iraqi government to obtain solid confirmation on what assets may have fallen into ISIL’s hands.”

Speaks added that the loss of the equipment to the terrorist group is “really a matter for the Iraqi government to speak to publicly” because “it is their equipment.”

Exact numbers of captured arms and equipment are not known. The insurgents raided all the arms depots and vehicles belonging to Iraq’s Second Division, based in Mosul, which included a motorized brigade and several infantry brigades.

A defense official warned that ISIL claims that they have captured advanced weaponry, such as Blackhawk helicopters, are suspect.

“We do know that they made false claims last week, particularly with Blackhawk helicopters, which have never been sold to Iraq,” the official said.

U.S.-made Humvees enroute from Iraq to Syria

U.S.-made Humvees enroute from Iraq to Syria via ISIL social media

The seized weapons are said to include Russian-made T-55 tanks and one report said U.S. M-1 Abrams tanks were taken. Numerous Humvees were shown on flatbed trucks being transported from the Nineveh province, in northwestern Iraq, to ISIL-controlled areas of Syria, including the Al Shadadi area and the town of Tall Hamis.

The ISIL notified people in the region where the tanks were seen to be alert for possible U.S. airstrikes, presumably against the captured weaponry.

One online posting by ISIL fighters showed a captured Iraqi T-55 tank reportedly in Deir ez-Zor, Syria.

Other online photos of captured Iraqi military equipment showed towed artillery, trucks, and troop transports being transferred to Syria from Iraq.

The weaponry is expected to provide ISIL with a major advantage over other rebel groups in Syria in their civil war with the forces of the Bashar al Assad regime in Damascus, as well as against other rival rebel groups, including the official al Qaeda affiliate, Al Nusra Front.

In a statement posted through its Twitter account, ISIL on June 12 provided a “field report” with photos of its capture of Iraqi weapons and conquests of Iraqi military outposts.

The weapons were taken from military bases on the border with Syria and moved to areas in Syria controlled by ISIL that the group is calling its “caliphate.”

One photo carried a caption in Arabic that read “Transferring the spoils to the Islamic State’s headquarters in Wilayah [territory under the Islamic caliphate] Al-Barakah” in the Al Hasakah province in northeastern Syria.

A U.S. official familiar with intelligence assessment of the ongoing conflict in Iraq said the ISIL has seized key cities, including Mosul and Tikrit, but is not expected to attempt a further drive to the capital of Baghdad, which is more heavily defended.

Iraqi military forces, many of them trained by the U.S. military prior to the pullout of forces in December 2011, suffered widespread desertions during the ISIL invasion. Iraqi special operations forces, however, are said to be engaged in fighting the terrorist group.

Fighting continued in northern Iraq as ISIL fighters, estimated to include around 10,000 insurgents, sought to take the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, a strategic location sought for the group’s effort to maintain control and open a supply corridor between Syria and the areas of central and western Iraq not controlled by ISIL.

Iraqi forces retook some areas but the ISIL now has control of several areas and has a land corridor leading to Syria.

Bill Cowan, a former Army Special Forces officer and former defense contractor in Iraq, said the ISIL operation succeeded in seizing arms and equipment.

“The ISIL has got lots of weapons now,” Cowan said in an interview.

The U.S. military during the war engaged in large-scale intelligence gathering in Iraq but now is hamstrung in spying on ISIL by the lack spying resources. “We pulled all that out,” Cowan said of the electronic and signals intelligence forces.

In other Iraq developments:

A report in the Arabic-language newspaper Al Hayah quoted Mosul residents who described the takeover of the city by ISIL.

Abu Ahmad, a former colonel in the Iraqi Army, described the initial stages of the ISIL attack as launched by “hundreds” of local militants wearing jeans and Arabic headscarves who struck on the night of June 9 and morning of June 10.

The first engagements were carried out with tanker truck bombs and other explosive devices set off at the entrances to military bases.

“At around 2200 [11:00 pm], I left my home on the [western] side, and found that the police were abandoning police stations, often without a fight, and before the arrival of the gunmen, and they announced to the public that they would prefer to sit at home than get into an armed confrontation with any party,” Ahmad told the newspaper.

“The groups that entered the city wanted to release prisoners from the temporary detention centers of the police, and then crept northward toward the Badush central prison, and before midnight they captured the governor’s office without firing a single bullet.”

The initial group that took over Mosul included between 3,000 and 4,000 militants led by former senior officers of the Iraqi military.

A police officer in Mosul told the newspaper that forces of the Iraqi Army’s Second Division abandoned the weapons and equipment, and withdrew from military camps around 11:00 pm.

Mosul International Airport also was seized without fighting. Three Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters used by Iraqi special operations forces were believed seized at the airport.

ISIL also attacked the prison in Mosul and freed numerous jihadists imprisoned at a transfer prison there. Guards at the prison reportedly abandoned the facility during the ISIL attack. Other area prisons also were opened as part of the ISIL.

An estimated 2,500 prisoners, many held on terrorism charges, were freed.


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1 posted on 06/17/2014 2:47:20 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Nice picture. Do you think it might be classified as a target rich environment? Do you think the Obungler wants them to fall into the hands of the dip sticks in Syria?


2 posted on 06/17/2014 2:53:35 AM PDT by Mark17 ( Rudyard Kipling: it is unhealthy, for evil doers, to awaken the sleeping Saxon, and torque his jaws)
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To: Mark17

They are not the same equipment the US uses. Export laws prohibits certain features from being exported.


3 posted on 06/17/2014 2:57:54 AM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Mark17
Do you think the Obungler wants them to fall into the hands of the dip sticks in Syria?

Yes, as long as they're his dip sticks.

4 posted on 06/17/2014 2:58:34 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: markomalley

Looks like they may have loaded them on that trailer incorrectly and in an unsafe manner. NTSB might fine them.


5 posted on 06/17/2014 3:01:49 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Fresh Wind
Yes, as long as they're his dip sticks.

Yes, I am pretty sure they are.

6 posted on 06/17/2014 3:06:09 AM PDT by Mark17 ( Rudyard Kipling: it is unhealthy, for evil doers, to awaken the sleeping Saxon, and torque his jaws)
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To: markomalley

The only cure for rabid, fulminating jihadism would be radiotherapy. Recurrences could be prevented..


7 posted on 06/17/2014 3:09:24 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: markomalley

While America’s Commander-inp-Chief jerks himself off on the golf course and ploys how further to destroy the United States.


8 posted on 06/17/2014 3:24:14 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: b4its2late

If the fire their weapons the same way they load their trucks, they’ll destroy themselves within weeks.


9 posted on 06/17/2014 3:28:43 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Mark17

This is an unexpected bonus to Obama.

The events of the past two weeks have likely been the most rewarding of his nefarious life as he revels in how neatly his plans for America’s destruction are coming together. I’m sure his master Satan is highly pleased.


10 posted on 06/17/2014 3:32:34 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: markomalley
"...one report said U.S. M-1 Abrams tanks were taken."

Can't maintain them or operate them without US tech. know-how. They are mainly too stupid. Best they can do is make IEDs from the shells on board.

11 posted on 06/17/2014 3:43:02 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: ScottinVA
I’m sure his master Satan is highly pleased.

Being as he is a Muzzie, then yes, he is a follower of Satan, as he is the father of Islam, and he is is very pleased indeed.

12 posted on 06/17/2014 3:43:17 AM PDT by Mark17 ( Rudyard Kipling: it is unhealthy, for evil doers, to awaken the sleeping Saxon, and torque his jaws)
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To: Psalm 73

Don’t think for a second this regime isn’t sending them all the technical expertise they could ever need.


13 posted on 06/17/2014 3:50:34 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: markomalley

excellent
Syria is a much more accessible target environment and not just for the US


14 posted on 06/17/2014 4:01:12 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Mark17

Assad has lost Syria....... that is the Syria he once ruled has been diminished considerably.

The real gain in addition to vehicles and small arms are antiaircraft weapons. While not disabled, the Syrian sir force will be under attack if there are missiles captured.

There was mentioned that senior Iraqi officers were involved with ISIS. The operation shows good generalship so far.


15 posted on 06/17/2014 4:04:41 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: ScottinVA
The events of the past two weeks have likely been the most rewarding of his nefarious life as he revels in how neatly his plans for America’s destruction are coming together. I’m sure his master Satan is highly pleased.
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This U.S. weapons transfer by Obummer to the Syrian troglodyte butchers is easier than what he tried in Benghazi. Does anyone really believe that all the U.S. weaponry being peddled into Syria is going to stay in the hands of the "good rebels" and not come under the control of ISIS?

16 posted on 06/17/2014 4:08:06 AM PDT by iontheball
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To: markomalley

This is all done with Barack’s blessing.


17 posted on 06/17/2014 4:44:18 AM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: markomalley

Bammy and the idiots in his administration are still evaluating their options and studying the situation.


18 posted on 06/17/2014 5:25:15 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Melowese Richardson - Democrat Vote Fraud Expert)
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To: ScottinVA

Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


19 posted on 06/17/2014 5:41:37 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: VeniVidiVici
BS!

They are on the “flog” course. Hell My Dogs have more of a clue what the situation is than the zer0 does.... And they are taking a NAP!

20 posted on 06/17/2014 5:44:43 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: markomalley

“Butterfingers!”

“Did I do that?”


21 posted on 06/17/2014 5:56:48 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Fresh Wind
It wouldn't surprise me at all if O’jerkoff planned for these weapons to fall into the hands of the terrorist he has been arming all along. The invasion of Iraq gave him the cover needed to get heavy weapons to his terrorist buddies.
22 posted on 06/17/2014 7:11:16 AM PDT by peeps36 (Save The Tortoise And Kill The People)
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To: ScottinVA; Psalm 73

You mean sending them the codes to crank the tanks up?

Can’t the codes on some of this stuff be re-set?


23 posted on 06/17/2014 7:16:45 AM PDT by txhurl (2014: Stunned Voters do Stunning Things!)
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To: txhurl
"You mean sending them the codes to crank the tanks up?"

No, I mean repairs, inspections, etc.
Those aren't diesels, they're gas turbines, and the tank electronics, too, are way advanced for 8th-century yahoos.

Ask anyone who has dealt with middle-easterners and advanced technology. Not that they're inherently stupid, (although they may be) they are just lazy as all get-out.
That's why most of the aircraft and weapons systems engineering and maintenance work is done by ex-pats (Brits and Yanks).

24 posted on 06/17/2014 7:48:56 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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