On December 14, Conflict Armament Research (CAR) organization released a detailed report that revealed details how ISIS had obtained “substantial quantities” of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) manufactured for the CIA and supplied by it to the Syrian opposition armed group.
CAR’s team inspected a 9M113 ATGM container that was captured from ISIS by the Iraq Army in February 2016. The investigation proved that the Soviet-designed missile was actually made by the Bulgarian arms manufacturer Vazovski machine-building plant (VMZ), which is owned by another Bulgarian trade company called SAGE Consulting.
According to the report, in 2014 the CIA used “Kiesler Police Supply”, a small American company base in Indiana, as a front to purchase 600 9M113 missiles from SAGE in order to supply them later to what the US called “moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in Syria.
CAR team was able to determine that the 9113 missile container it inspected in Iraq was bought by CIA from SAGE on December 15, 2015. The incident took place only 59 days before the Iraqi Army captured it in Ramadi city. This shocking fact meant that ISIS units in Iraq were able to obtain the US-supplied missiles as soon as they were handed over to the FSA groups in Syria.
Bulgarian-made 9M113 missiles with a serial-number close to the one captured in Iraq was spotted with Jaysh al-Nasir, a US-backed FSA group allied to al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Jaysh al-Nasir is based in Idlib governorate in northern Syria that is totally isolated from the ISIS-held areas. This means that ISIS could only get these advance missiles if Jaysh al-Nasir smuggled them to it.
Many news outlets noted that US President Donald Trump ended the Obama-era FSA-armament program allowing to provide supplies to several FSA groups including Jaysh al-Nasir in July. However, the Syrian pro-opposition outlet Enab Baladi reported that the US Military Operation Center in Turkey, named by Turks “MOM”, resumed its support for Jaysh al-Nasir in Idlib governorate on October 8.
Several Syrian pro-government activists and experts have repeatedly warned since day one that CIA-supplied weapons will end up in the hands of the terrorists. Dozens of facts have been presented since 2014 of how ISIS and HTS didn’t only got US-supplied Bulgarian-made 9M113 ATGMs from the FSA, but even US-made TOW ATGMs. However, the US government and the CIA appear to be more interested in destabilizing the situation in Syria than fighting terrorism.