This is coolbert:
American howitzers M198 as captured by ISIL in significant numbers. Staggering almost is the number of firing tubes now intact and at the availability of the insurgents.
"ISIL captured 52 U.S.-made howitzers; artillery weapons cost 500K each"
"Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have captured as many as 52 U.S.-made M198 howitzers in their march across Iraq in June."
Ammunition stockpiles also captured by ISIL?
And ISIL very quickly will learn how to fire, maintain, aim, hit the target, etc. Employ effectively. This remains to be seen. More than anything it is the humiliation of having lost so much artillery to an adversary the basic armament of which is the AK, PKM and RPG.