March 4, 2016: Spanish police have seized 20,000 military uniforms that were being transported to the ISIS and Al Nusra fighters in a massive uncover of a smuggling route used by the militants to get arms and other contraband.
The military uniforms were discovered in 3 shipping containers in the eastern ports of Valencia and Alicante with preliminary reports saying they are enough to equip an entire army. The uniforms and accessories recovered would have made it possible for the militants to camouflage among the armies positioned in the different battlegrounds.
The uniforms were masqueraded as second hand clothes in a botched attempt to fool the customs authorities. The uniforms’ discovery comes barely a week since the implementation of a ceasefire in Syria despite the two groups not being covered by the agreement.
Seven people were arrested with one of the arrested responsible of dispatching military material, money, electronic and transmission material, firearms and precursors for making explosive to jihadist guised as humanitarian aid to Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq.
Countries in Europe and the Middle East are working on a comprehensive long-term strategy that will choke the supply of goods and services to the ISIS militants and doubling the strategy with combat offensive missions like the US-led coalition.