Tag Archives: ISIL

Hagel Defends Pace of U.S. Arms to Iraq for ISIS Fight

Hagel Defends Pace of U.S. Arms to Iraq for ISIS Fight

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Oct. 1, 2014. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Oct. 1, 2014. DoD Photo

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel termed Iraq’s prime minister’s comments that the United States was moving too slowly in sending weapons and materiel and providing training to his forces as being both wrong and not helpful. Read More

Opinion: How ISIS Funds Terror Through Black Market Antiquities Trade

Opinion: How ISIS Funds Terror Through Black Market Antiquities Trade

A soldier stands guard near the remains of Hatra, Iraq on June 22, 2013. Photo via Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS

A soldier stands guard near the remains of Hatra, Iraq on June 22, 2013. Photo via Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS

As coalition airstrikes attempt to curb the expansion of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the radical Islamist group is digging in militarily as it is simultaneously digging out priceless and irreplaceable historical antiquities—in some cases with heavy earth-moving machinery—which it sells on the black market to fund its Caliphate ambitions. By doing so, a significant amount of ISIS assets are out of reach from traditional counter terror finance measures. Read More

Syrian Military Claims to Have Destroyed Two ISIS MiGs

Syrian Military Claims to Have Destroyed Two ISIS MiGs

An undated photo of a Soviet era MiG-23 Flogger K via Wikipedia

An undated photo of a Soviet era MiG-23 Flogger K via Wikipedia

The Syrian government is claiming its air force has destroyed two out of the three Soviet-built MiG fighters captured by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). However, the claim, which was posted on the Syrian Arab Army Facebook page, could not be independently verified. Read More