How did the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” get its weapons? – .

The NGO ‘Conflict Armament Research’ (CAR) published a report on the ways in which the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” was able to obtain its weapons.


Despite the war against the international coalition, theIslamic state (IS) was still able to buy weapons all over the world. A study published, Tuesday, December 8, by ‘NGO Conflict Armament Research ‘ (CAR), indicated how the “caliphate“managed to stock up on weapons, reports Le Figaro.

To have explosive materials, electronics and drones without attracting attention, theEI relied on individuals and family companies who acted as intermediaries. The latter operated near its borders, especially in the south of the Turkey. In its report, the NGO, based in UK, stressed that it is not in a position to prove whether these intermediaries acted knowingly. However, they have played an important role in the group’s supply chain. jihadist. The proof: a hundred cans of aluminum paste, produced in China have been discovered throughout the “caliphate” between 2015 and 2017.

Products for making weapons

The BECAUSE gave edifying examples of these arms purchases. A small telephone store bought six tons of aluminum paste. Another small distributor of Turkish agricultural products paid some 200,000 dollars (165,000 euros) to recover 78 tons of propellant.

In this report, the NGO brings to light the acquisition of fertilizers based on nitrate and aluminum paste, used to produce explosives, as well as propellant (rocket propulsion product) and drones. TheEI even tried to produce an automated anti-aircraft system, but there is no evidence that it was successful. In addition, 28 quadricopter drones were also modified to be armed. The group Islamic has also acquired an optical tracing system, a possible element of a future automated anti-aircraft system.

Companies in more than 20 countries

The BECAUSE identified more than 50 companies, in more than 20 countries, which produced or distributed goods used by the forces ofEI. This information was revealed in his report also explaining the system. The latter is based on the management of legally registered companies, efficient logistics within the Caliphate itself, screen websites, secure communications, bank transfers and online payments. The document further revealed that the forces of‘EI used individuals and companies based in Denmark, Spain, Syria, Turkey and the UK, according to previous survey results.

How to detect them?

This efficient and at the same time fragile system has flourished. However, some suspicious suppliers terminated the contract if others didn’t notice or turned a blind eye, notes Le Figaro. The NGO nevertheless indicated the importance of detecting suspicious signals such as “red flags“. If none of them demonstrated in itself an illicit activity, it would be necessary to detect a set of beams. This data would have been sufficient to alert companies and supervisory authorities of the risk that the commissioners act”outside their usual field of activity“.

An obscure supply network

Since the end of the caliphate in March 2019, the group ofIslamic state maintains a so-called insurrection of “low intensity but constant“Moreover, its current supply network is obscure.”An activity that consumes little resources“, described Sam heller, independent analyst on Syria and advising the organization Crisis Group. He observed a video of the group jihadist who exhibited the equipment of his fighters, in November 2019. “It all seems cheap and relatively easy to get“, he explained to theFrance Media Agency saying that this is the key to the sustainability of this type of insurgency.

ISIS buys little equipment abroad

A recognized weaponry expert who calls himself Obscura Caliber on Twitter, for his part, estimated that today, theEI buys little equipment abroad, except sophisticated ones. According to him, the islamic group looks to possible remaining war treasures, but also to the black market, the countless militias and armed groups and state forces so easily corruptible. “Because the money does not stop turning. And the experience will not have been lost“, he told the..

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