ISIS Weapons Windfall May Alter Balance in Iraq, Syria Conflicts – Nabih Bulos, Patrick J. McDonnell, and Raja Abdulrahim (Los Angeles Times)
Rival Syrian rebel factions already report seeing U.S.-built, ISIS-commandeered Humvees almost as far west as the vicinity of Aleppo, some 250 miles from Iraq.
Iraqi government forces left behind a military hardware bonanza, including the armored Humvees as well as trucks, rockets, artillery pieces, rifles, ammunition, even a helicopter.
ISIS “took the weapons stores of the 2nd and 3rd [Iraqi army] divisions in Mosul, the 4th division in Salah al Din, the 12th division in the areas near Kirkuk, and another division in Diyala,” said Jabbar Yawa of the Kurdistan Regional Government. “We’re talking about armaments for 200,000 soldiers, all from the Americans.”