The Islamic State group has managed to make such large advances in Iraq and Syria thanks in large part to the sophisticated American-made weaponry captured from the largely ineffective Iraqi army.
The U.K. Daily Mail reported Wednesday that as part of a new Islamic State group propaganda campaign, the terrorists recently released several photos showing off their new toys in action.
It’s clear from looking at the photos that not only do the cruel killers have military firepower equivalent to a small country, but they appear to know how to use it.
In addition to American weaponry, the Islamic State group reportedly also had weapons from the former Soviet Union, along with several Chinese weapons system including surface-to-air missiles capable to taking down a helicopter.
The Middle East has essentially become a dumping ground for weaponry from around the world, and the Islamic State group is benefiting from having so much firepower to choose from.
Unfortunately, the abundance of firepower means that the group is capable of being at least as well-armed as the armies they are facing.
The Islamic State group rarely deploys the tanks it has out of fear that they will be an easy target for airstrikes. However, just the fact that the terrorists have tanks should worry all of us. Any sort of ground operation to defeat the Islamic State would be a costly one.
Anti-aircraft guns, or heavy machine guns, mounted on pickup trucks is a hallmark of terrorists worldwide.
Looking at all this weaponry, it is clear that simply bombing the Islamic State group is unlikely to be enough to completely wipe them off the face of the earth, which should be the goal of every civilized nation.
It will take a significant number of ground troops — although not necessarily U.S. boots on the group — to eradicate this cancer and restore global security once again.
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