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The U.S. has provided Iraq with most of thier military equipment, including a shipment of 2,300 armored humvees.
Well guess what, ISIS has stolen them!
The capture appears to have come during the fall of Mosul. While there is debate about exactly how much these vehicles cost, make no mistake – it’s a LOT!
Will these humvees now be used to kill innocent people?
Islamic State (IS) militants may have captured as many as 2,300 US-provided armored Humvees from Iraqi armed forces when they seized Mosul in 2014, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi admitted on Sunday.
“In the collapse of Mosul, we lost a lot of weapons… We lost 2,300 Humvees in Mosul alone,” Abadi said in an interview broadcast by state run Al Iraqiya television, according to remarks carried by AFP.
IS overran Mosul, Iraq’s second city, in June 2014, routing a far larger force of 30,000 Iraqi soldiers who retreated in disarray, stripping out of their uniforms and abandoning their equipment as they fled.
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The jihadists took control large stores of weapons, munitions, and vehicles. In the days afterwards, Humvees with hurriedly painted over Iraqi markings and carrying IS’s black flag were visible from frontline positions held by Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters. IS has since made extensive combat use of them, including as vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.