USA and Saudi Arabia arms significantly enhanced Isis' military capabilities, report reveals

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Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said most Islamic State weapons were looted from the Iraqi and Syrian armies. Most of these were acquired by ISIL through shifting alliances within the Syrian opposition. But some were originally provided by other countries, mainly the United States and Saudi Arabia, to Syrian opposition groups fighting against President Bashar al-Assad. Most of these items later ended up in Iraq, the monitor said.

The director of the coalition says a clash near a key US base in the country on Wednesday led to the death of the Islamic State fighters.

The US and Saudi broke contractual clauses prohibiting the retransfer of all of the items that were made in European Union countries which allowed them to be passed onto different armed groups in Syria, according to the report.

Some of the weapons that were eventually diverted to ISIS were originally provided by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition forces over the course of the conflict, adds the study by the arms-monitoring group.

"Although these proportions are low, IS forces captured significant quantities of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation weaponry during initial assaults on Iraqi forces in 2014".

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Auto said that arms supplied to combatants in Syria by foreign parties, notably the United States and Saudi Arabia, had "indirectly allowed IS to obtain substantial quantities of anti-armour ammunition".

Iraqi forces last month also captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town there under IS, signalling the collapse of the so-called caliphate the group proclaimed in 2014 across vast swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territory.

Russian Federation is allied with Assad and launched air strikes in Syria in September 2015, its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, turning the tide of the conflict in his favour. Last week Russian Federation declared victory over the group in Syria.

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