Terrorist groups and lawless non-state actors are acquiring sophisticated weaponry that only nation states have historically possessed. Illicit weapons have always been available to those who can afford them, but they have not generally been the latest state of the art equipment, which requires experience and expertise to use.
Recent developments are changing that equation.
The lightly armed Kurdish Peshmerga in northern Iraq is battling the Islamic State’s terrorist army as it defends its newly acquired territory and natural resources. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has equipped itself with up-armored Humvees, U.S.-built tanks, rockets, artillery, and Stinger missiles.
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