Special to WorldTribune.com
Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is manufacturing IEDs on an “industrial scale,” according to investigators.
“It’s not just a few roadside bombs. There are literally fields of them (IEDs),” an investigator for Conflict Armament Research (CAR) told Foreign Affairs.
“It’s unprecedented. We have never seen this before — it’s in the thousands and thousands.”
The U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA) confirmed CAR’s investigation.
“Previously in Iraq, we would go after the lone bomb-maker using captured biometrics off an IED and try to link events together from that,” a JIDA spokesman told Foreign Affairs. “But now, we face IED factories on an industrial scale, with significant supply chains and funding lines.”
JIDA said ISIL’s assembly line-like manufature of IEDs has caused Iraq to become the single most affected country by IED attacks in the world with 11,500 IED explosions causing more than 35,000 casualties in 2015 alone.
Although U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have targeted and destroyed multiple ISIL bomb factories, the large swath of territory the terror group holds enables the jihadists to continually move and keep their IED supply line running.