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Much of ISIS’ Ammunition From US Government

The law of unintended consequences strikes again. According to a study by Conflict Armament Research, much of the ammunition that ISIS is using to take over large parts of Iraq and Syria is American in origin. An estimated 19% of the ammo being fired by ISIS has been indirectly supplied by the US military, in many cases to fight ISIS. The US ammunition that was found to be most prevalent were cartridges for American M-4 and M-16 rifles – ammunition given to the Iraqi National Army before US forces formally pulled out.

The US ammunition came to ISIS by making alliances with US allies and capturing the ammo from ISIS’ US-backed enemies. One of the biggest sources, not surprisingly, is from the Iraqi National Military which the US spent hundreds of billions of dollars on to train and equip. The training was fruitless and much of the equipment is now in ISIS’ hands. Whoops.

The data, part of a larger sample of captured arms and cartridges in Syria and Iraq, carries an implicit warning for policy makers and advocates of intervention.

It suggests that ammunition transferred into Syria and Iraq to help stabilize governments has instead passed from the governments to the jihadists, helping to fuel the Islamic State’s rise and persistent combat power. Rifle cartridges from the United States, the sample shows, have played a significant role.

Not only has US ammunition played a key role in ISIS’ rise, the continued resupply by the US military of “moderate” Syrian rebels and Iraqi security forces means ISIS will be able to maintain and expand its power simply by robbing US allies. Free US weapons from the Iraqi military – never fired and only dropped once.

This is one of the reasons why the only real winners in these interventions are the insurgents and US arms dealers. If the Iraqi military and moderate rebels won’t and can’t actually fight ISIS then flooding the area with US weapons just strengthens ISIS who will, ultimately, get those weapons.

As sad as it is for the neocon fantasists to admit, it’s time to stop going on military adventures in the Middle East. It just makes the situation worse.

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Much Of ISIS’ Ammunition From US Government

The law of unintended consequences strikes again. According to a study by Conflict Armament Research, much of the ammunition that ISIS is using to take over large parts of Iraq and Syria is American in origin. An estimated 19% of the ammo being fired by ISIS has been indirectly supplied by the US military, in many cases to fight ISIS. The US ammunition that was found to be most prevalent were cartridges for American M-4 and M-16 rifles – ammunition given to the Iraqi National Army before US forces formally pulled out.

The US ammunition came to ISIS by making alliances with US allies and capturing the ammo from ISIS’ US-backed enemies. One of the biggest sources, not surprisingly, is from the Iraqi National Military which the US spent hundreds of billions of dollars on to train and equip. The training was fruitless and much of the equipment is now in ISIS’ hands. Whoops.

The data, part of a larger sample of captured arms and cartridges in Syria and Iraq, carries an implicit warning for policy makers and advocates of intervention.

It suggests that ammunition transferred into Syria and Iraq to help stabilize governments has instead passed from the governments to the jihadists, helping to fuel the Islamic State’s rise and persistent combat power. Rifle cartridges from the United States, the sample shows, have played a significant role.

Not only has US ammunition played a key role in ISIS’ rise, the continued resupply by the US military of “moderate” Syrian rebels and Iraqi security forces means ISIS will be able to maintain and expand its power simply by robbing US allies. Free US weapons from the Iraqi military – never fired and only dropped once.

This is one of the reasons why the only real winners in these interventions are the insurgents and US arms dealers. If the Iraqi military and moderate rebels won’t and can’t actually fight ISIS then flooding the area with US weapons just strengthens ISIS who will, ultimately, get those weapons.

As sad as it is for the neocon fantasists to admit, it’s time to stop going on military adventures in the Middle East. It just makes the situation worse.

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Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.