ISIS to Seize Largest Syrian Arms Depot
One yearns for the good old days when evil doers had to actually purchase their weapons from arms dealers! Earlier this week ISIS savages seized U.S. supplied arms abandoned by Iraqi troops fleeing Ramadi:
WASHINGTON — Iraqi troops abandoned dozens of U.S military vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery pieces when they fled Islamic State fighters in Ramadi on Sunday, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, estimated that a half dozen tanks were abandoned, a similar number of artillery pieces, a larger number of armored personnel carriers and about 100 wheeled vehicles like Humvees. He said some of the vehicles were in working condition; others were not because they had not been moved for months.
This repeats a pattern in which defeated Iraq security forces have, over the past year, left behind U.S.-supplied military equipment, prompting the U.S. to destroy them in subsequent airstrikes against Islamic State forces. Iraqis abandoned US-supplied equipment in Ramadi 5/19/15 AP
Now the ISIS dogs are set to grab a bigger bone then abandoned battlefield arms. They are about to be the proud owners of a large arms depot in Syria. Cue the second ISIS victory parade this week:
Islamic State fighters are poised to seize one of the largest arms depots in Syria after taking control of the city of Palmyra, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site that experts fear the extremists may loot and destroy as they have done with major archaeological sites in neighboring Iraq.
Most of the international media focus in the run-up to the jihadi capture of Palmyra has been on the likely fate of ancient Palmyra, one of the Middle East’s most complete Roman archaeological sites dating back to the first and second centuries and nicknamed the “Bride of the Desert.”
But while fears mount about the ancient ruins and artifacts, military analysts said the assault represents a serious strategic blow for the Syrian government. It marks the first time the Islamic State group, also known by the acronym ISIL, has seized from Syrian government forces a major city.
Before, Islamic State’s major military gains in Syria came at the expense of other insurgent groups, with the Islamist extremists grabbing towns other rebels had captured from the Syrian government.
Among the immediate prizes is one of Syria’s biggest weapons depots as well as army bases, an airport, the significant gas fields of al-Hail and Arak and a notorious prison that has long been viewed as a symbol of state repression.
The speed with which Assad’s forces collapsed defending a strategically important city with good supply lines from Damascus raises questions about the regime’s military capability after four years of civil war.
With Palmyra in their grasp, the Islamic State group has now scored two major strategic victories this month: Five days ago, the militants overran Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province, Anbar. Click here to view full article at www.voanews.com