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ISIS members have been seen wearing the standard US Army Combat Uniform along with the Interceptor body armor. For night raids, the AN/PVS-7 night vision goggles worn with PASGT helmets are used. Some of the weapons include M16 rifles, M60 machine guns, M240 machine guns and RPGs. Some of the vehicles include Humvees, MRAPs, M113 APCs and several T-55 tanks. During the 2014 Northern Iraq offensive, ISIS raided an Iraqi Army base and captured numerous Type 59-1 artillery guns, DShK guns mounted on trucks and several ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft guns.
When ISIS captured Mosul Airport in June 2014, a number of UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and cargo planes that were stationed there were seized. However, according to Peter Beaumont of the Guardian, it seems unlikely that they would be able to deploy them because they do not have trained pilots in their ranks.
originally posted by: ZeroReady
a reply to: HUMBLEONE
This brings me to another question. If they are able to maintain the hardware for a while, say a couple of years, I think that would say a lot about how much help ISIS has. Who would be supplying them with US parts for US gear?
originally posted by: Atzil321
They don't seem to need the heavy equipment to be effective. In less than a week they have captured more or less the whole of Iraq, using nothing more than assault rifles, pickup trucks, google maps and mobile phones. Most of the heavy stuff they have captured will likely end up on the black market or be sent to the more bogged down conflict over in Syria.
Courtesy of the American taxpayer....
However, according to Peter Beaumont of the Guardian, it seems unlikely that they would be able to deploy them because they do not have trained pilots in their ranks.
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: ZeroReady
They will treat the captured equipment like they do people they execute without a qualm. They will use it until it breaks and abandon it. That is what an advancing, rag-tag army does.
However, you can bet your butt that any decent equipment we left for the Iraqi Army will have many depots of replacement parts that we also left. Yet, when your army is advancing on mostly a civilian population, all you need is gasoline for your sturdy Toyota trucks. (My mistake in calling them an "army.")
originally posted by: JIMC5499
Their propaganda arm seems to be up and running quite well on ATS.