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Most ISIS Weaponry Was Purchased by US and Saudi Arabia before being Shipped to “Rebels”in Syria
By Rory Wood
Global Research, March 31, 2018
AmityUnderground.com 18 January 2018
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A damning report by the EU-funded Conflict Armament Research has found that the majority of weapons that
ended-up in the hands of Daesh/ISIS were purchased from Eastern European stockpiles by the United States or
Saudi Arabia and transferred to opposition militias in Syria. In many cases there is clear evidence to suggest that
the arms were transferred into ISIS possession in less than a month, as US-backed groups amalgamated into ISIS
or the weapons were sold on a thriving black market.
A significant proportion of the weapons examined were unauthorised for retransfer, meaning that they had End
User Clauses for US and Saudi military or police use that were quickly violated, not even being shipped to their
country of authorised usage in many cases.
One item inspected by CAR in May 2015 was a Bulgarian PG-7T 40 mm rocket. The Government of Bulgaria
confirmed that it exported the item to the US Department of the Army through the US company Kiesler Police
Supply. The application for the export licence was accompanied by the original EUC issued by the US Department
of the Army (with a non-re-export clause) as well as a delivery verification certificate. The rocket ultimately ended
up with IS forces near Al Hasakah, before YPG forces liberated the town and sent the rocket to CAR for
Cases like this go on and on with various rocket launchers, explosives and assault rifles of predominantly Bulgarian
and Romanian manufacture, but with one US importer coming up every time: Kiesler Police Supply.
According to the report:
Kiesler Police Supply was incorporated in the US state of Indiana in 1975 as Kiesler Hardware & Supply. The
company changed its name to Kiesler Police Supply in 1980 in order to begin dealing primarily in firearms and
ammunition. On its website, Kiesler Police Supply only advertises itself as providing equipment to US national law
enforcement agencies. However, the company has been contracted in the past to supply weapons to Iraq. In 2004,
Kiesler Police Supply was awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide weapons such as AK-pattern assault
rifles and ammunition to Iraqi security forces.36 On 4 October 2016, CAR called Kiesler Police Supply to request
further information regarding the multiple weapon transfers described in this report. The company declined to
comment. On 20 October 2016, CAR emailed and faxed an information request for all the items traced to Kiesler
Police Supply. The company has yet to respond to CAR’s request for information.
As CAR beautifully put it, their ‘findings are a stark reminder of the contradictions inherent in supplying weapons
into armed conflicts in which multiple competing and overlapping non-state armed groups operate.’
In other words, only a moron would be unable to predict that pumping weapons into the hands of farmers living in
ISIS territory would result in anything other than ISIS militants gaining possession of shiny new toys. Or, more
conceivably, this wasn’t a strategic error on behalf of the US, and arming ISIS in order to destabilise the regime of
the uncooperative Bashar Al-Assad was part of the plan all along.
Another NATO member, Turkey exposed. Kurds are, as always, stuck in the middle.
Chemicals used by the caliphate to create IEDs and other makeshift explosives, on the other hand, were almost
entirely procured via Turkey. Sequential serial numbers on tankers and evidence of the same batch being used for
large productions suggest that ISIS were able to conspicuously acquire the chemicals in bulk from Turkish brokers,
denying Erdogan’s Turkish government any kind of plausible deniability of knowledge of ISIS custom within their
Kurdish Syrians living in the autonomous Rojava community on the Turkish border have long accused Erdogan of
funding ISIS in order to destroy the successfully autonomous Kurdish region and thus kill hope of any further
Kurdish rebellion taking hold on the Turkish side of the border. Revelations from the report add further credence to
The Syrian YPG who defend the autonomous Kurdish region of Syria with the backing of the United States must be
asking questions about how their enemies ISIS have received such formidable assistance – intentional or otherwise
– from their supposed American allies and the American NATO partners Turkey. The YPG’s acceptance of US
military aid was a pragmatic move by Kurdish leadership who were desperately short on military hardware to defend
their people against ISIS attacks, however hardline anti-imperialists will use the evidence of US and Turkish actions
which fomented the rise of ISIS to argue that the YPG are being used as American pawns in an effort to remove the
Assad regime rather than Western forces genuinely valuing the peaceful Kurds’ right to self-determination.
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Copyright © Rory Wood, Global Research, 2018