MOSCOW, August 12 (RIA Novosti) – Western security services have supplied Islamic State (IS) extremists in Iraq with weapons, a diplomatic military source told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
“Western security services were responsible for choosing ‘reliable’ arms suppliers from Western European countries for money transfers and transportation and delivery of deadly ‘humanitarian’ supplies to the Middle East. From the beginning of 2013, military hardware and weaponry were purchased in Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Ukraine,” the source said.
According to the source, armored personnel carriers, guns, rocket launchers, and ammunition were purchased in Bulgaria, artillery systems in Croatia, tanks and firearms in Romania, and infantry fighting vehicles in Ukraine.
The supplies were carried out starting in 2013, by firms that were created specifically for one or two deals. The contracts for the deals had other countries and companies indicated as the final destination for the supplies.
It is interesting to note that after playing an important role in arming IS militants, the United States has recently carried out a series of air strikes against the militants and their allies, helping Kurdish forces.
The Islamic State, formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), is a Sunni group that has been fighting in Syria and launched an offensive in Iraq in June. The group has taken over large parts of the country, with the goal of seizing Baghdad. Also in June, the group announced the establishment of a caliphate on the Iraq-Syria border.