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WASHINGTON — Refined weapons the U.S. army secretly offered to Syrian rebels shortly fell into the palms of the Islamic State, a research launched Thursday disclosed.

The report stated the Islamic State’s possession of those weapons stays a menace to the U.S.-led coalition nonetheless working towards the fear group in Iraq and Syria.

The arms included anti-tank weapons bought by the USA that ended up in possession of the Islamic State inside two months of leaving the manufacturing unit, in accordance with the research by Battle Armament Analysis, a corporation that tracks arms shipments. The research was funded by the European Union and German authorities.

Efforts by the USA and different nations to provide weapons to insurgent teams “have considerably augmented the amount and high quality of weapons obtainable to (Islamic State) forces,” the report concluded.

The research examined forty,000 weapons and different gadgets recovered from the Islamic State, also called ISIS, through the previous three years. The militants have been retreating throughout Iraq and Syria as U.S.-backed forces have routed them from their strongholds.

Investigators have been unable to find out whether or not ISIS captured the weapons on the battlefield or whether or not the rebels bought or gave the arms to the fear group. 

The report cites an ISIS propaganda video displaying militants with weapons captured final yr from the New Syrian Military, an alliance of fighters battling the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

It has lengthy been recognized that ISIS captured an enormous quantity of American weapons —together with tanks and artillery — when the militant group swept into Iraq from Syria in 2014 and routed a number of divisions of Iraqi troopers, many who deserted their weapons and fled. 

The brand new research raises questions on a special supply for weapons: arms secretly despatched to insurgent factions preventing Syrian President Bashar Assad in his lengthy civil conflict. The covert CIA program, begun by the Obama administration in 2013, was ended earlier this yr by President Trump. Saudi Arabia, which — just like the U.S. —  strongly opposes Assad, additionally provides weapons to…