This Dispatch is the result of field investigations during the initial phases of the assault on IS forces in eastern Mosul. It provides clear evidence of IS ability to manufacture weapons on an industrial scale, with output running into the tens of thousands.
This Dispatch examines weapons seized from illegal dhow shipments destined for Somalia and Yemen, in February and March 2016.
This report is the product of field investigations conducted over ten months, in eight countries, to reveal sources of weapons for armed groups and Islamist fighters across North and West Africa. It identifies a network of Sahelian trafficking routes stretching as far afield as Syria, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire.
«Ce rapport est le fruit d’enquêtes de terrain menées pendant plus de dix mois, dans huit pays, afin de révéler les sources d’armement des groupes armés et des combattants islamistes en Afrique du Nord et de l’Ouest. Le rapport identifie un réseau de routes de trafic sahélienqui s’étend jusqu’en Syrie, le Mali et la Côte d’Ivoire».
CAR field investigation teams have documented the content of a drone workshop in Ramadi two weeks after the city was liberated from IS control. Photographic evidence shows the group has been experimenting with armed drones since as early as February 2016.
CAR field teams entered Fallujah three days after the Iraqi city was liberated from IS control, to discover an IED factory with evidence of industrialised production and bureaucratic organisation of improvised weapons.
An update on CAR’s continued investigation into IS acquisition of nitrate-based fertiliser for the construction of IEDs. In June 2016, in the wake of two car bombings and a CAR report into chemical component provision, Turkey’s Ministry of Agriculture suspended all national sales of the product.
“يستعرض هذا التقرير دراسة فاحصة لما يزيد عن 700 عنصر (قطع ومكونات ومواد) استخدمتها قوات “داعش” في تصنيع العبوات الناسفة،مع تحديد مصادرها واقتفاء سلاسل حيازتها، كما يعرض نتائج التحقيقات الميدانية التي أجريت في العراق وسوريا على مدى 20 شهراً انطلاقاً من يوليو 2014″.
This report examines more than 700 components used by IS forces to manufacture IEDs, identifies their provenance, and traces their chains of custody. The report presents findings from field investigations in Iraq and Syria conducted over a period of 20 months from July 2014.
This Dispatch outlines weapons and ammunition that Kurdish YPG forces captured from Islamic State forces during the siege of Kobane, Syria, September 2014-January 2015.