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Taking Stock: The Arming of Islamic State


Drawing on expert analysis of thousands of videos and images, this report catalogues the array of weapons, ammunition and other military equipment observed in the possession of IS and charts their probable chains of custody. It finds that there is a close match between the types of weapons currently being used by IS and the inventory of the Iraqi military, built up over the past five decades.

The report concludes that a substantial proportion of IS’ current military arsenal comprises weapons and equipment looted, captured or illicitly traded from poorly secured Iraqi military stocks.

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This report is a useful tool in unpacking the facts about ISIS, and is thoroughly referenced throughout. Each chapter includes pictures and case studies, as well as narrative on the them.


  • Executive Summary
  • Chapter 1: The arsenal of Islamic State
  • Chapter 2: chains of custody: capture, Acquistion and illicit trade
  • Chapter 3: arms proliferate on in Iraq
  • Chapter 4: States’ responsibilities under Internxational law
  • Conclusions and recommendations

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