ISIS Showcases Massive Arsenal of American-Made Weapons in New Video

December 9, 2015   |   Nick Bernabe

Nick Bernabe
December 9, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) San Diego, CA — ISIS, the world’s most infamous terror group, has shocked the interwebz again after posting a new propaganda video that showcases its massive arsenal of tanks and heavy artillery. The video shows tank after tank and Toyota truck after Toyota truck rolling triumphantly by, all in an effort to recruit radical Islamic youth to the caliphate’s cause. If some of those arms look oddly familiar, it’s because many — if not most of them — are American-made weapons.

This leaves us with many questions regarding where ISIS obtained all of these Western-supplied weapons of war. The most obvious answer lies in ISIS’ early military victories in Northern Iraq, namely Mosul, where caliphate forces easily trounced the Iraqi army and captured enormous amounts of military assets. In the battle of Mosul alone, ISIS captured 2,300 American-made Humvees worth over $1 billion.

However, prior to the capture of Mosul, the groups, which eventually became ISIS, were receiving weapons from U.S. allies in the region — including Saudi Arabia and Turkey — in an attempt to use Islamist fighters to overthrow the Russian-backed Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. The weapons these Sunni states were supplying to ISIS, then in its infancy, were being sold by the West to the Gulf countries. The largest seller was the Unites States, followed by the United Kingdom — two countries that are now bombing ISIS. Sound confusing? That’s because it is.

And we can’t forget about the “moderate” Syrian opposition that the U.S. and its allies have been training and arming since 2013. According to a new report from Amnesty International, many of ISIS’ arms have come from units defecting from the Free Syrian Army, as well as other rebel groups previously aligned with the United States and its plan to oust Bashar al-Assad. “ISIS has also gained access to weapons from other sources through the capture or sale of Syrian military stocks supplied to armed opposition groups in Syria by countries including Turkey, the Gulf States and the U.S.,concluded CNN.

According to the Amnesty International report, the calamity of Western arms ending up in the hands of ISIS can also be partially blamed on “decades of irresponsible arms transfers to Iraq and multiple failures by the U.S.-led occupation administration to manage arms deliveries and stocks securely, as well as endemic corruption in Iraq itself.”

Despite these troubling findings, the Obama administration recently committed to providing even more weapons to the Syrian opposition — and even loosened its vetting procedures for who can receive American arms.

In the end, the West’s fight against ISIS is against insurgents using the West’s own weapons — and against fighters that were, in fact, created by the West’s own policies. As we’ve covered extensively at Anti-Media, prior to ISIS’ reemergence into Iraq from Syria, the group was considered a useful tool to accomplish U.S. foreign policy goals in Syria in the form of destabilizing — and ultimately overthrowing — the Russian-backed Syrian government. To understand why the West wants Assad gone (and why Russia doesn’t), continue reading here.


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Author: Nick Bernabe

Nick Bernabe founded Anti-Media in May of 2012. His topics of interest include civil liberties, the drug war, economic justice, foreign policy, geopolitics, government corruption, the police state, politics, propaganda, and social justice. He currently resides in Chula Vista, California, where he was born and raised.

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  1. Idk what to tell you if you still can't understand the fact that this whole ISIS thing is bullshit. It is a proxy war between team US and team Russia, just like Korea and Vietnam. Both sides claim to "fight ISIS terrorism" and they do anything but. Do you honestly believe that either America or Russia is actually bombing ISIS? In a battleground with no defined front, it is easy to bomb one guy and tell the World that you are bombing the other one.

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  2. Im so happy with our peace dividend we received with the fall of the ussr. Trillions in debt and nothing to show for it.

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  3. Wow your really smart I'm gonna let you in on a little hidden knowledge, everything that rhymes is true…

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  4. Bull, the only American piece was the Hummer, everything else was soviet

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  5. They got them cause the US left them behind and they fixed them up. There is plenty of info about htis already…

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  6. Those are all the weapons that Bush and Chaney gave them to get rid of Sadam Hussein, great mistake. Sure Sadam wasn't a very nice guy, but at least he had them in check. We have done a huge disservice to ourselves and the world by getting rid of two strong dictarors (Hussein, Gadaffi) who had these crazy people under "control".

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  7. It is hard to say who ISIS is and who is backing them directly. But the Millions of refugees in Turkey and Jordan who have been living in tents for 4 years are very real. They are moving into Europe and will not go home till the fighting has stoped. Has Russia helped the war end or caused complications worldwide?

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  8. You don't know what you're talking about. There was ONE US made vehicle, a HMMV, in that entire video. The rest was captured Iraq, Russian mad equipment.

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  9. Chris Moore Russia only helps itself, so does any other country. The first mistake people make is thinking that the governments make emotional based decisions like us, humans. Every president and prime minister have dozens of advisors and at least a dozen ministers to steer them into logical side if they start to get emotional.

    And i agree with you, refugee crisis is the real face of this war, not Mr. Putin bragging on the news. And yes, ISIS is really fuzzy, they came out of nowhere. They used to be a part of the US-backed opposition, now they are acting like a country, so they are on their own side too.
    There is all this talk about Turkey being the main supporter of ISIS. I assure you, Turkish president doesn't even go to the bathroom without asking the US first. In fact, we usually complain that the country hasn't made any independent external policy decisions since joining NATO in the 1950s. All the "Allies", US allies, supported Free Syrian Army and a lot of the Free Syrian Army troops joined ISIS later, en masse, taking their allied-supplied equipment with them.

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  10. So this illustrates that fact that we are not at all serious about terrorism. If we wanted to stop this, we'd go after the people who fund the terrorists, our Gulf 'Allies' , Saudi Arabia and the rest, their bankers and moneymen, the profiteers on Wall Street, we'd freeze their assets, ask our citizens to ration gas while we turned to renewables and we'd show we are serious and send the WAR CRIMINALS that destroyed the region to the Hague. The 'War on Terror' is a corporate for profit FARCE. WAKE UP #feelthebern.

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  11. Let's see.. Russian T-62 tank, unarmed US Hummer truck, Russian SCUD missile, Russian BMP-2 Infantry fighting, Russian SU-122 self propelled gun, another T-62, then lots of "technicals" with Russian dual 23mm cannon on.

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  12. Sorry guys, other than the Toyotas, everything I saw — T54, BMP, ZU-23-2, SPG — were Soviet-made and therefore presumably captured from Iraqi armed forces.

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  13. Most of ISIS weapons just like weapons of choice of most terrorist organisations are either Russian or Soviet made old weapons. The Antimedia (read antiamerican) outlet is so full of BS it is not even funny. I wouldn't be surprised if Putin's media propaganda machine sponsors it.
    Maybe I will change my mind if I see at least one truthfull article about Putin's terrorist, criminal regime.

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  14. "Sound confusing?" No. Not really. Whoever wrote this must be too young to remember the Cold War… see, the U.S., The USSR, China and, to a lesser extent France, England, Germany and other NATO allies like Belgium have been selling weapons all over the world since the end of WWII. And one of the biggest consumers of the weapon was the Middle East — especially Saddam Hussien's Iraq. That's why Russians are seeing ISIS use Russian made weapons and Americans are seeing ISIS using American-made weapons. This is kind of a non-story if you were actually paying attemtion.

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  15. Yup: T-54 Tanks, ZU-23 AA guns, BMPs and a SCUD missile. All Soviet/ Russian made.

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  16. This article is written as if there is no weapon industry. Why don't you write about the factories that build the knifes IS is using? Blame them.

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  17. This article is written as if there is no weapon industry. Why don't you write about the factories that build the knifes IS is using? Blame them.

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  18. This article is written as if there is no weapon industry. Why don't you write about the factories that build the knifes IS is using? Blame them.

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  19. Chris Moore the united states created more complications worldwide and on a very broad scale in comparison to russia. I actually believe that russia is doing something. Or alteast more than the U.S. Does

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  20. oh please stop this dissinformation, half of models that you've listed doesn't look even closed like in this vid. at least i've seen scud missle and t62 alive. even shapes are different!!!

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  21. the only american toy here are the hummers and the M60 patton at the end of the line,.. the res T-54,BPU APC and ZU23 antiair guns are russians… also the 122SP is russian.

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  22. Getting warmer,lol. A handfull of bankers,financing their economy and preserving the value of, or the right of currency. The most repeated movie in American History. The banker Mr. Potter, A broke man at the end of his rope, His nieghbors come together and joy is found. Potter is no longer mentioned and it is labeled as, "it is a wonderful life" Who financed that movie…….:)

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  23. Where the fuck you get your info?…comic books? the only american made vehicle(other than pickups maybe) in this vid is a humvee,the rest are russian,go peddle your bullshit there.

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  24. My questions, who paid for them and who got rich selling them and who's sons and daughters die from facing them?

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  26. Our FEARS are being FUELED by whatever goverment , media or terroristgroup that's what's happening. Your future is yours so start living.

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  27. Anybody notice that the armies are gathering on the fields by Megiddo, now why is that name so familiar … well that "crazy cave dweller" John may have been right about you know what all along … you think?!?

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  28. Efecan Onurlu Thank you. Someone speaking some real information backed by rational thought.

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  29. So what are we going to do? Besides argue over every little discrepancy, because in the end we can talk ourselves blue in the face but it wont change the fact that were all in danger. Why are we marching towards the gallows and whistling all the way because we feel accomplishment from expressing our take in a comment thread.

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  30. All i saw was one humvee, t54 Soviet era MBT, a lot of tecnicals with zucks, and soviet era personal carriers. Oh and that SCUD, yeah that is deffinately not operational. Do your research before posting.

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  31. It has been already discussed, there are articles from 2014 documenting the Toyota trucks were supplied through "moderate rebels" by United States government. That's why the probe US started into the matter disappeared very quickly and nobody talks about it anymore.

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  32. Guys you need to get your facts straight. I saw two US pieces of equiptment a HUMVEE and a self propelled gun. All the rest was former soviet or home-made. Credibility requires knowing what you are talking about

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  33. Guys you need to get your facts straight. I saw two US pieces of equiptment a HUMVEE and a self propelled gun. All the rest was former soviet or home-made. Credibility requires knowing what you are talking about

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  34. The Yanks and the Ruskies may not be bombing ISIS…but everyone else is!

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  38. Nope, all Russian. T62 followed by Scud launcher followed by BMP followed by a 2S1 Gvozdika 122mm self-propelled howitzer followed by another T62

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  39. If you want to see just how easy it is to obtain dangerous weapons check out SOFEX hosted by King Abdullah in Jordan every two years.. War is a racket..

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  40. I quote a good friend of mine: "Apart from the Hummer and the Scania towing the SCUD missile, everything else is Russian. Russian T62 MBT, BMP APC, SO122 Self Propelled howitzer and ZPU Heavy machine guns in the back of the utes. All captured from the Iraqis."

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    Rumor is Putin's personal wealth is around $70 billion. Even if his actual wealth is half of that, it is still suspicious. Noone makes that much money without getting corrupt and playing dirty. Especially if the said wealth is off the books.

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  44. Uh, the tanks you see are Russian and the missile is a Scud. Probably manufactured in Iran. If you are going to post pictures at least get the correct info. Stupid.

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  45. HEADLINE: ISIS Showcases Massive Arsenal of American-Made Weapons in New Video

    *Cover photo is of a Russian tank*

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