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
“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
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
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.