Ankara: A Study mandated by European Union has found that companies from 20 countries are involved in the supply chain of components that end up in ISIS explosives.
Th study showed that 51 companies from countries including Turkey, Brazil, India and the United States produced, sold or received the more than 700 components used by ISIS to build improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
A total of 13 Turkish firms were found to be involved in the supply chain, the most in any one country. That was followed by India with seven, according to Reuters.
The Indian firms legally export detonators, detonating cord, and safety fuses.Sale of these parts are not subject to government export licenses, the report says
The latest revealations have underscored the fact that governments and firms needs to do more to keep a tab on the flow of cables, chemicals and other equipments.
IEDs are now being produced on a "quasi-industrial scale" by the militant group, which uses both industrial components that are regulated and widely available equipment such as fertiliser chemicals and mobile phones, the Conflict Armament Research (CAR), which undertook the 20-month study, has found.
The study has come to conclusion after analysing the components recovered during major battles around Iraqi towns.
These findings support growing international awareness that IS forces in Iraq and Syria are very much self-sustaining – acquiring weapons and strategic goods, such as IED components, locally and with ease