The US has weapons from a top Russian ally

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The United States has delivered over 5,000 firearms and hundreds of thousands of rounds to Ukraine’s military after obtaining the weapons from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
According to U.S. Central Command, over 5,000 AK-47s, machine guns, sniper rifles and RPG-7s were sent to the Ukrainian armed forces last week, alongside 500,000 rounds of ammunition.
The equipment is enough to arm one Ukrainian brigade, read a post to X, formerly Twitter from Central Command, who added that the “weapons will help Ukraine defend against Russia’s invasion.”
The U.S. government originally obtained ownership of the weapons on December 1, 2023, through civil forfeiture claims against the IRGC.
Central Command said in its statement that the munitions were “originally seized by U.S. Central Command and partner naval forces from four separate transiting stateless vessels” between May 2021 and February 2023.
“The munitions were being transferred from the IRGC to the Houthis in Yemen in violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216,” the statement continued.
Iran’s government is also aligned with several militias operating in the Middle East region, including the Palestinian group Hamas which is currently at war with Israel.
“We will continue to do whatever we can to shed light on and stop Iran’s destabilizing activities.”

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The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran provided the United States with over 5,000 firearms and hundreds of thousands of rounds to be delivered to the Ukrainian military.

In line with U. s. Last week, the Ukrainian armed forces received 500,000 rounds of ammunition from Central Command along with over 5,000 AK-47s, machine guns, sniper rifles, and RPG-7s. According to a post made by Central Command on X, formerly Twitter, “weapons will help Ukraine defend against Russia’s invasion.” The equipment is sufficient to arm one Ukrainian brigade. “.

The USA. S. By filing civil forfeiture claims against the IRGC, the government first acquired ownership of the weapons on December 1, 2023. “Originally seized by U.S. forces,” the statement from Central Command stated. S. Four different transiting stateless vessels were seized by Central Command and partner naval forces between May 2021 and February 2023.

“In defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2216, the IRGC was transferring weapons to the Houthis in Yemen,” the statement further stated. A targeted arms embargo was imposed against several organizations and individuals by the Council in 2015 in response to a resolution that sought to “protect Yemen and its people from the continuing aggression by the Houthis.”. “.”.

Because of Moscow’s alliance with Iran, which has increased Moscow’s supply of ammunition and drones since the war began in February 2022, the war in Ukraine has become linked to the conflicts in the Middle East. A number of militias that are active in the Middle East, such as the Palestinian organization Hamas, which is at war with Israel right now, are likewise supported by the Iranian government.

Iran and the United States are at odds. S. , which occurred last week, have also increased in response to an Israeli attack on Tehran’s consulates in Syria that claimed the lives of multiple Iranian employees.

U. s. Central Command stated in a statement released on Monday that it is “dedicated to collaborating with our partners and allies to counter the flow of lethal aid from Iran into the region by all legal means, including U.S. s. plus U. N. both through interdictions and sanctions. “.

The statement went on, “Iran’s support for armed groups threatens our forces, diplomatic staff, citizens in the region, and our partners’ security both internationally and regionally.”. “We are and will continue to take all necessary steps to expose and halt Iran’s destabilizing actions. “.

Newsweek requested additional information from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

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