Source: The Long War Journal
The nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 said that the ban on the weapons export to Iran will be lifted in five years (on the ballistic missile technology in eight years). But, it seems that the Iranian regime does not need to wait so long to acquire Western weapons. In fact, as The Long War Journal shows, Shia militias in Iraq have already entered in posses of US weapons and equipment. One video posted on Youtube and many pictures, shows members of Iraqi Shia militias Kata’ib Hezbollah in posses of several American-made military vehicles, including an M1 Abrams tank, M113 armored personnel carriers, Humvees, and Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAP), as well as Iranian-made Safir 4x4s and technicals (armed pickup trucks) are in the convoy. As Bill Roggio and Caleb Weiss remember “the Hezbollah Brigades is US-designated foreign terrorist organization that has been involved in killing American soldiers in Iraq…The Hezbollah Brigades, or Kata’ib Hezbollah, receives funding, training, logistics, guidance, and material support from the Qods Force, the external operations wing of the Revolutionary Guard Corps”.
After Kata’ib Hezbollah, also the the Badr Organization, another Iranian-backed Shiite militia, released photographs showing it to be in possession of at least one US M1 Abrams tank. In both photos, the Badr flag can be seen flying on top of the tank. “The photos…show at least one Abrams tank being touted reportedly in the Saqlawiyah area of Iraq’s Anbar province. Six Badr fighters and commanders posed with the tank in one photo. One fighter can be seen holding a US-supplied AT4 anti-tank rocket. The US began sending the rockets to Iraq in previous months to help the Iraqi military defeat armored Islamic State suicide assaults“. As The Long War Journal denounces, “the Badr Organization, formerly known as the Badr Brigade and Badr Corps, is led by Hadi al Ameri, Iraq’s Minister of Transportation. Ameri is closely tied to Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, and to Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani. During the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, Badr fought on the side of the Iranians. Ameri is routinely photographed with Soleimani, and has been quoted as saying, “I love Qassem Suleimani! He is my dearest friend.”
Collection of photos (Source: The Long War Journal)