Companies from 20 countries are involved in the supply chain of components that end up in Islamic State (IS) explosives, a study found on Thursday, suggesting governments and firms need to do more to track the flow of cables, chemicals and other equipment.
The European Union-mandated study showed that 51 companies from countries including Turkey, Brazil, and the United States produced, sold or received the more than 700 components used by IS 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.
“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,” said James Bevan, CAR’s executive director. Read More