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    Weapons of ISIS

    From a collection of disorganized, individual fighting components to a unified force - ISIS has made considerable gains in both Iraq and Syria under the collapse of local military and security forces.





    ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria - also Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant = ISIL) took regional military observers and governments by surprise when it worked its way from individual terrorist groups into a singular, effective fighting force. Since then, the group has captured swaths of land in both Iraq and Syria, attempting to recreate an Islamic kingdom old world ideals. Iraqi and Syrian government forces have accomplished little to stem the tide of lost territory and the vacuum left by American forces has been apparent.


    While ISIS lacks any sort of air power (for the moment), it has laid claim to many Iraqi stocks of Soviet-, Chinese-, and American-originated equipment. The result is a ragtag group of fighters with an equally rag-tag collection of weapons offering increased tactical flexibility against their organized foes. Despite coalition air strikes against their positions and money-making sources, ISIS remains a great threat to the stability of the region and its war may pull in even more powers before it is all decided.


    There are a total of (45) Weapons of ISIS in the Military Factory. Flag images indicative of country of origin. The entries displayed below have been identified through available ISIS imagery and video. Numbers in their possession remain largely unknown as does running condition, available stocks of ammunition and fuel supplies, and ISIS know-how as to the particular operation and skill level concerning these weapon systems.




    1959
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
    Reports suggest that captured Syrian MiG-21 fighters were being used in training of ISIS pilots with instruction being headed former, pre-Iraq-invasion airmen who have joined ISIS.
    Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed fighter

    1970
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
    The Soviet MiG-23 is also mentioned along with the MiG-21 as possibly being used in the training of ISIS pilots.
    Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 Flogger fighter-interceptor

    1970
    Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk
    The speed of the ISIS conquests against Iraqi forces has meant that some American-made "Black Hawk" transport helicopters have fallen under enemy control - though their usefulness is in doubt.
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk transport helicopter

    1961
    T-62 Main Battle Tank
    An evolved version of the earlier classic T-54 / T-55 Soviet Main Battle Tank, the T-62 found its way into the Iraq Army inventory and an unknown number are now operated by ISIS.
    Thumbnail picture of the T-62 MBT

    1958
    T-55 Main Battle Tank
    Another Soviet mainstay of the Iraqi Army became the T-55 - again captured examples being reconstituted by ISIS forces for their own gain.
    Thumbnail picture of the T-55 MBT

    1972
    2S1 Gvozdika (M1974) SPH
    A handful of these Soviet-era self-propelled tracked howitzers are known to have entered the ISIS inventory.
    Thumbnail picture of the 2S1 Gvozdika self-proplled howitzer vehicle

    1960
    M113 Armored Personnel Carrier
    Worldwide circulation of this American classic - coupled with a rebuilding, post-invasion Iraqi Army - means that the M113 has found its way to Iraq - and now ISIS.
    Thumbnail picture of the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier

    1966
    BMP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle
    The large Iraqi Army of the pre-war period relied upon thousands of armored vehicles including the Soviet-originated BMP-1.
    Thumbnail picture of the BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle

    1982
    BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle
    The Iraqi Army also procured the then-modernized version of the BMP-1 in the Soviet-era BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
    Thumbnail picture of the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle

    1968
    MT-LB Multi-Purpose Vehicle
    With over 12,000 of its kind produced during the Cold War, the Iraqi government was sure to procure the Soviet MT-LB for its mechanized forces.
    Thumbnail picture of the MT-LB multipurpose tracked vehicle

    1968
    ZSU-23-4 (Shilka)
    The Soviet-era ZSU-23-4 can still cause considerable damage to low-flying aircraft - ISIS forces have been seen parading these vehicles around.
    Thumbnail picture of the Soviet ZSU-23-4 Shilka air defense vehicle

    1970
    SA-6 (Gainful) 2K12 Kub SAM
    At least one SA-6 Gainful surface-to-air missile carrier vehicle is known to have fallen into ISIS hands.
    Thumbnail picture of the SA-6 Gainful tracked surface-to-air missile launcher

    1957
    SS-1 (Scud) 9P117 SSM
    What appeared to be a SCUD missile was paraded through a Syrian town on a flatbed section of a tractor trailer suggesting ISIS may have gained something of a limited ballistic missile capability.
    Thumbnail picture of the SA-6 Gainful tracked surface-to-air missile launcher

    1999
    M117 Guardian ASV
    The Iraqi Army and local security forces took on stocks of the American M1117 Armored Security Vehicle - some now under ISIS control.
    Thumbnail picture of the M1117 Guardian ASC armored security vehicle

    2002
    Cougar MRAP
    Developed for the U.S. Army specifically for actions in Iraq, MRAPs also formed a portion of the American "parting gifts" to the Iraqis following the U.S. troop drawdown.
    Thumbnail picture of the Cougar MRAP vehicle

    2004
    AMZ Dzik Infantry Mobility Vehicle
    Stocks of the Polish AMZ Dzik Infantry Mobility Vehicle are also known to have passed from Iraqi Army control to ISIS forces.
    Thumbnail picture of the Polish AMZ Dzik Infantry Mobility Vehicle

    1985
    HMMWV (Humvee)
    The United States committed large quantities of its multi-purpose HUMVEEs to the Iraqi military and security forces. They are now in use against the local government by ISIS.
    Thumbnail picture of the HUMVEE multi-purpose military vehicle

    1994
    HMMWV M1114 UAH (Up-Armored Humvee)
    An unknown number of "Up-Armored Humvee" vehicles have also been taken over by ISIS forces during their various conquests.
    Thumbnail picture of the HUMVEE M114 Up-Armored Humvee vehicle

    1917
    "Technical"
    The versatile "Technical" improvised fighting vehicle remains the backbone of ISIS forces, allowing for fast-attack and overwhelming actions against its foes.
    Thumbnail picture of the Technical Truck improvised fighting vehicle

    1999
    Oshkosh MTVR (Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement)
    American forces left hundreds of their tactical trucks in the employ of the Iraqi Army - some having fallen to ISIS forces during the various Iraqi retreat actions.
    Thumbnail picture of the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement

    1979
    Rock Island Arsenal M198 155mm Howitzer
    Another American weapon to have fallen into ISIS hands is the effective 155mm M198 towed medium howitzer system providing much-needed ranged firepower.
    Thumbnail picture of the M198 155mm towed artillery gun

    1954
    Type 59 130mm Field Gun
    This Chinese entry is a copy of the Soviet-era M-46 130mm field gun - made cheaper and more readily-available to discerning foreign customers such as Iraq.
    Thumbnail picture of the Type 59 130mm towed field gun

    1949
    ZPU-1 14.5mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
    While generally outclassed as an AA gun, the ZPU-1 series is still an effective performer against unprotected targets and as an anti-armor / -personnel weapon.
    Thumbnail picture of the ZPU-1 anti-aircraft system

    1960
    ZU-23-2 / ZU-23 Anti-Aircraft Gun
    The 23mm cannons of this anti-aircraft weapon system make it an ideal weapon against low-flying aircraft. Like the ZPU-1, it can also be brought to bear against light-armored vehicles.
    Thumbnail picture of the ZU-23 anti-aircraft system

    1981
    General Dynamics / Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger SAM
    An unknown number of FIM-92 "Stinger" man-portable surface-to-air missile systems have been captured by ISIS - a serious threat to low-flying coalition aircraft.
    Thumbnail picture of the FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missile system

    1961
    RPG-7 AT Rocket Launcher
    Yet another Soviet-originated weapon that proliferated the region is the timeless RPG-7 - a still-effective anti-armor solution requiring little training to use.
    Thumbnail picture of the RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade anti-tank weapon

    1979
    M79 Osa (Wasp) AT Rocket Launcher
    Numbers of this Yugoslavian product have been witnessed and form a perfect ambush weapon against unsuspecting enemy tanks.
    Thumbnail picture of the M79 Osa shoulder-fired anti-tank rocket launcher

    1970
    Hughes BGM-71 TOW/TOW-2 Anti-Tank Missile System
    This tank-stopper has been passed on to Free Syrian Army forces which, in turn, means some may have been acquired by ISIS forces providing them with an effective means of combating armor.
    Thumbnail picture of the Hughes BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile system

    1985
    NORINCO HJ-8 (Hongjian-8) ATGM
    Another ISIS weapon courtesy of Chinese factories is the NORINCO HJ-8 series of Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) systems.
    Thumbnail picture of the NORINCO HJ-8 anti-tank guided missile weapon

    1971
    NSV Utes Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
    The Soviet influence in the Middle East ran for decades meaning that many of the available arms seen today with ISIS are Soviet in origin.
    Thumbnail picture of the Soviet NSV Utes heavy machine gun

    1938
    DShK Model 1938 Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
    This pre-World War 2 Soviet heavy machine gun still permeates regions of the Middle East - thus making it readily accessible for ISIS.
    Thumbnail picture of the DShK Model 1938 heavy machine gun

    1965
    PKM General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
    With over 1 million examples produced, the Soviet-made PKM also found a home in the Iraq Army inventory.
    Thumbnail picture of the PKM General Purpose Machine Gun

    1945
    RPD Light Machine Gun (LMG)
    The RPD appeared at the close of World War 2 (1939-1945) and has somehow managed to maintain a presence on the battlefields of the Middle East.
    Thumbnail picture of the RPD Light Machine Gun

    1961
    RPK Light Machine Gun (LMG)
    For portable firepower and general suppression of enemy forces, look no further than the RPK of Soviet-era design. Such weapons still hold a battlefield role in the region.
    Thumbnail picture of the RPK Light Machine Gun

    1984
    M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW)
    Another American military mainstay thought to be in ISIS hands is the M249 SAW machine gun.
    Thumbnail picture of the M249 SAW Light Machine Gun

    1949
    Kalashnikov AK-47 Assault Rifle
    The storied Soviet AK-47 proliferates the Middle East in large numbers (and variants) which makes them easy to obtain in numbers required.
    Thumbnail picture of the Kalashnikov AK-47 Assault Rifle

    1983
    Colt / FN M16A2 Assault Rifle
    Stocks of the classic American weapon were captured from retreating Iraqi forces.
    Thumbnail picture of the Colt M16A2 Assault Rifle

    1953
    Fabrique Nationale FN FAL Battle Rifle
    Popularity of this Belgian long gun in the Middle East has meant widespread use of it by ISIS forces.
    Thumbnail picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN FAL Battle Rifle

    1963
    Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle
    Like the AK-47, the Dragunov SVD became available in large numbers to Soviet allies during the Cold War with local copies following in some countries (like Iraq).
    Thumbnail picture of the Dragunov SVD sniper rifle

    1972
    PSL Sniper Rifle
    The "Romanian Dragunov" has also found its way into the hands of ISIS fighting forces.
    Thumbnail picture of the Romanian PSL sniper rifle

    2004
    Mk 14 Mod 0 EBR Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
    ISIS has reportedly earned itself an unknown number of newer weapons like the Mk 14 EBR DMR from the United States.
    Thumbnail picture of the American Mk 14 EBR Designated Marksman Rifle

    1978
    Al-Qadissiya Tabuk Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
    The local production copy of the Soviet SVD semi-automatic sniper rifle became the Al-Qadissiya Tabuk Designated Marksman Rifle.
    Thumbnail picture of the Al-Qadissiya Tabuk DMR sniper rifle

    1891
    Mosin-Nagant Model 1891 Bolt-Action Service Rifle
    A century of exposure has not dampened the respect earned by this classic Russian Empire-era bolt-action service rifle.
    Thumbnail picture of the Russian Mosin-Nagant Model 1891 bolt-action service rifle

    1983
    RBG-6 40mm Multiple Grenade Launcher (MGL)
    By way of Croatia, the RBG-6 is the local Croatian copy of the South African Milkor MGL Y2 six-shot 40mm system.
    Thumbnail picture of the Milkor MGL Y2 40mm Multiple Grenade Launcher

    1935
    Browning Hi-Power Semi-Automatic Pistol
    John Browning's last pistol design can still be found in far-off parts of the world today.
    Thumbnail picture of the Browning Hi-Power semi-automatic pistol