Multiple companies in Turkey and India supplying Daesh with weapons. Including in the list are countries such as Brazil and the United States.
The biggest mystery revolving Daesh aka ISIS is their huge plethora of weapons and other equipment – the question being, where did they come from? Several reports over the past few weeks may finally have a few answers. It was reported that companies from over 20 countries including India were found supplying certain components to Daesh that end up in explosives. A study mandated by the European Union showed that a whopping 51 companies from US, Turkey, India and Brazil sold or received over 700 components used by Daesh to build improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
IEDs are now being produced on a grand scale by ISIS militants using both regulated and widely available equipment. Daesh has managed to build a huge following in countries including Iraq and Syria both neighboring a prime NATO member, Turkey. Turkey recently stepped up security to prevent the outflow of weapons and inflow of militants however, that may not be of much avail. Out of the 51 companies 14 Turkish firms were identified, taking the top position as an exporter of weapon components to Daesh. Seven companies were identified in India supplying Daesh with weapons and components that can be used to manufacture IEDs. India takes the second spot. The executive director of Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a Mr. James Bevan said,
These findings support growing international awareness that Daesh forces in Iraq and Syria are very much self-sustaining – acquiring weapons and strategic goods, such as IED components, locally and with ease.
The study conducted found that Daesh was able to acquire some components in less than a month in some cases which is rather terrifying. While countries like US, Turkey and India supplying Daesh with weapons may seem disturbing, it is entirely possible that the companies responsible are unaware as to who exactly is at the receiving end of the product. According to Bevan,
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Companies having effective accounting systems to establish where the goods went after the would act as a deterrent.