ISIS Made 1,000s of Mortars & Rockets Using ‘Industrial’ Production in Mosul

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As the report of an independent UK investigative group reveals, the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group use an efficient supply chain to produce rockets, shells and mortars in Mosul.

ISIS Made 1,000s of Mortars & Rockets Using ‘Industrial’ Production in Mosul

Mortar rounds left behind by retreating Islamic State (IS) militants, are seen displayed outside a base of the Iraqi army’s 9th armoured division near the village of Ali Rash, on the outskirts of Mosul, on November 19, 2016 (Photo: AFP / Achilleas Zavallis)

According to Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an independent UK investigative group, factories of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Mosul use an efficient supply chain, quality control and standardization to produce thousands of rockets, shells and mortars.

As the report, based on the findings of field trips, made by a CAR investigation team in November to six facilities once operated by IS in eastern Mosul, reads, “the degree of organization, quality control, and inventory management, indicates a complex, centrally controlled industrial production system.” Apparently, the group sought to minimize variations among weapons and ammunition and has adopted standardization practices similar to militaries around the world, which makes the IS stand out among other terrorist organizations.

“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 report reads.

The sophisticated production process allowed to produce the tens of thousands of rockets and mortars. For this, IS terrorists procured commercial goods in bulk, in particular chemical precursors and fertilizers. The necessary components “had been procured on different dates, in large quantities, and over a long period of time.”

According to the report, the IS purchased chemicals from the same supplier from the Turkish domestic market.

“CAR’s findings continuously reinforce evidence that the group operates a major acquisition network in Turkey and has a direct line of supply from Turkey, through Syria, to the Mosul area,” the report claims.

However, it is still unclear, how the technology was obtained by terrorists, but its usage poses serious questions.

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  • Derapage

    Page 17: wooden boxes for 120 mortar rounds manufactured by IS forces.
    I remember an old video posted on South Front shows Turkish army delivering these boxes to the militias of Idlib and Aleppo.

  • gustavo

    There is nothing extrange about this. The terrorists ar profesional killers and trained by USA-OTAN-Israel which also give them logistic tactics, technology and weapons to continue killing people.