WHO ARMED ISIL? Former Soviet Bloc Nations Aided By Turkey, Sources Say

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SPECIAL REPORT WORLD TRIBUNE

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has received weapons shipments from the former East Bloc.

Diplomatic sources said ISIL has been ordering anti-tank weapons, rockets, mortars, body armor and communications through fronts in Europe. They said the weapons and equipment were being procured from such former Soviet allies as Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Ukraine.

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“ISIL has used both U.S. weapons captured in Iraq, but mostly material supplied from the former East Bloc that was ordered more than a year ago,” a diplomat said, according to a report by Middle East Newsline.

On Aug. 12, a diplomatic source said the flow of ISIL weapons was aided by NATO, particularly Turkey. The source said NATO intelligence services were facilitating payment and arms shipments to and from Europe under the guise of humanitarian supplies to Syria.

“Western security services were responsible for choosing reliable arms suppliers…

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