The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical offshoot of al Qaeda, has taken control of Iraq's second largest city.
Iraqi police and security forces reportedly fled Mosul prior to the attack, leaving the facilities of the city open for plunder. Mosul was a key area of focus for U.S. forces in an effect to stabilize Iraq, and large amounts of military hardware was left in the city for the Iraqis.
Iraq's parliament speaker said that ISIS took control of the city's airport and obtained helicopters. ISIS also took control of U.S. Humvees, which they are now proceeding to send to Syria.
The Humvees are reportedly in fine condition. The vehicles would be a significant upgrade to the current equipment that ISIS has, and it further increase their ability to carry out attacks in both Iraq and Syria.
See reaction of military leader of ISIS after inspecting a US made Humvee that his group took from Iraqi forces. pic.twitter.com/0w1sBMDNVI— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) June 10, 2014