Car: Isis Manufactured Weapons In Mosul Match Military Standards
Islamic State (ISIS) militants have been manufacturing weapons on a scale and with sophistication that matches national military forces and they have standardized production across the group’s self-declared state, an arms monitoring group said.
Conflict Armament Research (CAR), which identifies and tracks weapons and ammunition in conflicts, said the militants have a “robust supply chain” of raw materials from Turkey and have standardized production in Iraq and Syria.
"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," CAR said in a report on Wednesday (December 14).
Following visits last month to six facilities once operated by ISIS in eastern Mosul, the report added the facilities were part of a system of manufacturing weapons in accordance with precise guidelines issued by a central authority.
"Mortar rounds manufactured in one part of IS forces' territory are calibrated to fit mortar tubes produced in facilities located elsewhere," CAR’s report stated.
ISIS has produced tens of thousands of rockets and mortar rounds in the months leading up to the Mosul offensive, according to CAR investigators.
Iraq's elite Counter Terrorism service (CTS) said they had discovered on Sunday (December 11) a center used by ISIS as a communication and command headquarters in the eastern part of their stronghold city of Mosul.
The center, according to CTS commander General Maan al-Saadi, was used as a workshop to fix communication devices and also a warehouse.
The campaign to capture Mosul started on October 17, with air and ground support from a U.S.-led coalition.
The offensive to take Mosul, the largest city under ISIS control in either Iraq or Syria, is turning into the biggest battle in Iraq's turbulent history since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.