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Investigators find Islamic State used ammo made in 21 countries, including America

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Oct. 6, 2014, The Center for Public Integrity / Foreign Policy / McClatchy

A new report from an arms tracking group highlights how readily arms shipped to the Middle East are transferred from allied groups to hostile ones

bulletAn independent arms monitoring group has collected evidence that fighters in the Middle Eastern extremist group known as the Islamic State, labeled a “network of death” by President Obama, are using weapons and ammunition manufactured in at least 21 different countries, including China, Russia, and the United States.

The group’s report, released Oct. 6, indicates that the Islamic State’s relatively newly-formed force has had little difficulty tapping into the huge pool of armaments fueling the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, supplied not only by the world’s big powers but also by up-and-coming exporters such as Sudan.

Much of the Islamic State arms and ammunition were captured on the battlefield, but intelligence reports have suggested that the group’s income from oil sales and other sources is high enough to finance purchases of additional weapons directly from the companies and dealers that routinely profit from strife in the Middle East.

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October 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm

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