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General News    H4'ed 12/9/15

Where Does ISIL Get its Weapons?

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Amnesty International has published a scathing analysis of the weapons in the hands of the radical Islamic State movement (ISIL).  According to the human rights defender, the arsenal used to commit atrocities in Iraq and Syria comes from more than two dozen countries, including the United States and European Union countries.  The report ‘Taking Stock: the Arming of Islamic State’ describes how much of this was looted from Iraq, where the army’s stockpile swelled in the late 1970s and in the 1980s, especially during the Iran-Iraq war.

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Natylie Baldwin is author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations available in e-book and print. She has traveled throughout western Russia since 2015 and has written several articles based on her conversations and interviews with a cross-section of Russians. She blogs at  (more...)
 

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