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Weapons used by Daesh in Syria and Iraq traced to US, Saudi Arabia: report

Arms provided by the United States and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition groups often ended up in the hands of the militant (Daesh) group, according to a report by the UK-based organisation Conflict Armament Research (CAR).
“Iraq and Syria have seen Daesh forces use large numbers of weapons, supplied by states such as Saudi Arabia and the United States, against the various international anti-Desh coalitions that the two states support,” reads the study published on Thursday.
The report, “Weapons of the Daesh a three-year investigation in Iraq and Syria”, is the result of more than three years of field investigation into Daesh supply chains and presents an analysis of more than 40,000 items recovered from the group between 2014 and 2017. These items include weapons, ammunition, and the traceable components and chemical precursors used by the group to manufacture improvised explosive devices.
According to the findings, 90% of the weapons and ammunition used by Daesh since 2014 originated in China, Russia and Eastern Europe.