Implying to the heightened need for cracking down the flow of chemicals and other items to the terror outfits, a study mandated by an EU group has listed seven Indian companies as among the 20 international suppliers of explosives to ISIS.
The study by Conflict Armament Research (CAR) showed that 51 companies from 20 countries such as Turkey, India, Brazil, and the US produced, sold or received the over 700 components used by ISIS to build improvised explosive devices (IEDs). While Turkey topped the list of countries with a total of 13 firms involved in the supply chain, India followed it with seven companies, CAR said in a statement.
The Indian firms manufactured most of the detonators, detonating cord and safety fuses. Interestingly, all these materials were legally exported under government issued licenses from India to entities in Lebanon and Turkey. The terror outfit mostly uses Nokia 105 mobile for remote detonation.
CAR’s executive director James Bevan said, “these findings support growing international awareness that ISIS in Iraq and Syria are very much self-sustaining acquiring weapons and strategic goods, such as IED components, locally and with ease.
Companies from Brazil, Romania, Russia, the Netherlands, China, Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic were also involved, the study said.
The report said that CAR gained access to the components through partners including the US-backed Kurdish YPG in Syria, the Iraqi Federal Police, the Kurdistan Region Security Council and forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government.
These components were seized during battles in the Iraqi towns of al Rabia, Kirkuk, Mosul, and Tikrit and the Syrian town of Kobani.