Amnesty report: ISIS armed with U.S. weapons

Zachary Cohen-Profile-Image By Zachary Cohen, CNN

Story highlights

  • Amnesty International’s report found much ISIS munitions comes from stockpiles captured from U.S.-allied Iraqi military
  • The bulk of ISIS arsenal, says Amnesty, made up of older Soviet-era weapons, from Iraq-Iran War and from 2003-2007 U.S. occupation

(CNN)A new report from a prominent human rights group has found that ISIS has built a substantial arsenal, including U.S.-made weapons obtained from the Iraqi army and Syrian opposition groups.

Amnesty International’s 44-page report, released late Monday, found that much of ISIS’ equipment and munitions comes from stockpiles captured from the U.S.-allied Iraqi military and Syrian rebels.

The findings come as President Barack Obama has recommitted to leaning on regional forces, including the Iraqis, Kurds and Syrian opposition, to try to wipe out ISIS rather than committing significant numbers of U.S. ground troops.

“The strategy that we are using now — airstrikes, (U.S.) Special Forces and working with local forces who are fighting to regain control of their own country — that is how we’ll achieve a more sustainable victory,” Obama said in a speech Sunday. “And it won’t require us sending a new generation of Americans overseas to fight and die for another decade on foreign soil.”

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