The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, has been manufacturing weapons near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on an industrial scale, an arms monitoring group said in a report published Wednesday. The militant group also uses products mostly purchased in bulk from Turkey.
ISIS had a “robust and reliable” supply of raw materials from Turkey and the weapons manufacturing could not be called as “improvised” due to technical accuracy, according to the London-based Conflict Armament Research (CAR) that last month visited six facilities previously operated by ISIS in eastern Mosul.
“Although production facilities employ a range of non-standard materials and chemical explosive precursors, the degree of organization, quality control, and inventory management indicates a complex, centrally controlled industrial production system,” the CAR report stated. “The production of factory grade packaging is one example, whereby the group has constructed palletized wooden boxes for the long-term storage, and long-range transport, of rockets and mortar rounds.”
The CAR researchers examined the extremist group’s weapons found at manufacturing sites and on the battleground during the current Iraqi operation to retake the ISIS stronghold of Mosul. With the ongoing offensive of the Iraqi military, the militants have been unable to make weapons on an industrial scale. However, CAR’s Executive Director James Bevan said that the highly trained fighters are likely to take their skill set with them as they move back.
“Given that this group is so organized, they clearly see the writing on the wall in Mosul,” Bevan told the Associated Press. “They place a very high value on technical capacity and they will do everything they can to preserve it.”
According to the CAR, ISIS has manufactured tens of thousands of rockets and mortar rounds in the months prior to the Mosul offensive. It also stated that the documents it examined in Mosul suggested the Sunni hard-line group had provided its fighters with instructions on making and planting improvised explosive devices and operating complex weapons systems, such as anti-tank guided missiles.
SOURCE: Vishakha Sonawane
International Business Times
The Islamic State group was manufacturing weapons in and around Mosul on an industrial scale with products largely purchased in bulk from Turkey, according to a report published by an arms research group Wednesday.
The findings show that IS maintained a “robust and reliable” supply chain between Turkey and Iraq that allowed the fighters to produce tens of thousands of weapons, the London-based Conflict Armaments Research said. The group’s researchers studied IS weapons found at manufacturing facilities and on the battlefield during the Iraqi operation to retake Mosul that is underway.
As Iraqi forces advance, the extremists are losing the physical capacity to manufacture weapons on an industrial scale, but the research group’s executive director James Bevan warned that highly trained fighters will take their expertise with them as they retreat.
“Given that this group is so organized, they clearly see the writing on the wall in Mosul,” Bevan told The Associated Press, saying he believes IS has already moved its highest-trained bomb-makers out of Mosul and into Syria and southern Turkey.
“They place a very high value on technical capacity and they will do everything they can to preserve it,” he said. Bevan added that IS fighters likely looked to Turkey to purchase weapons ingredients, knowing that their demand would outstrip what is available in Iraq.
Iraq witnesses almost-daily attacks that have been frequently claimed by IS, including Baghdad where multiple attacks took place Wednesday.
A total of 11 people were killed and 38 others wounded in separate attacks in and around Baghdad, police and health officials said. The deadliest was in the southern district of Oaireeg, where a bomb killed four civilians and wounded 12 others, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attacks.
Iraqi forces have been met with stiff resistance in Mosul, including waves of suicide car bombs, since launching an offensive to retake the city in October. They have retaken less than a quarter of the city since the operation began.
Associated Press writer Murtada Faraj in Baghdad contributed to this report.
SOURCE: SUSANNAH GEORGE