CBS News correspondent Lara Logan appeared on Sunday’s Face the Nation and explained the utter disaster of ISIS obtaining U.S. weapons from the Iraqi government and what it means in terms of security for military personnel.
Members of the terrorist organization ISIS have not only taken over weapons left behind for the Iraqis to defend themselves, they know how to use them strategically. Their training has taught them how to move militarily on the battlefield, better techniques taking and holding territory, and also to defend it, Logan said.
“That’s why the U.S. military, both civilian and military intelligence sources, regard this as so troubling,” Logan said. “Because once you put people in the fight who know, for example, the weapons that they have been seizing. If you’re just using them tactically or here and there randomly, that gives you something of an edge, but not much. What happens now, if you know how to use them strategically, how to employ them across, both in Syria and in Iraq, use those assets to change outcome of the war.”
Logan goes on to list some of the equipment left behind by the U.S. including armored personnel carriers, 50 striker assault vehicles, Apache helicopters (with more on the way), and F16s (also more on the way). “Those are the kind of weapons that we must be hoping the iraqis have still held on to,” said Logan.
But what is even more troubling is the fact that Stinger missiles have been captured by ISIS. Logan warns of the potential and devastating consequences of such an acquirement:
[Stinger missiles are] the best that we have to bring down aircraft in the skies. All of these other assets, heavy weapons, armored vehicles, increase the capability of what your ground forces can do. But the U.S. has maintained dominance because of its dominance of the skies. If you now remove your dominance of the skies or you make it much more difficult to fight, you’ve taken away significant advantage that the U.S. has and you’ve significantly changed the dynamics of what we face.