ISIL producing IED's on an industrial scale

Business Insider:
ISIS has taken the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to a nearly industrial level as the terror group continues to hold onto territory in Iraq and Syria, Foreign Affairs reports.

The terror group, which holds large swathes of territory in both Iraq and Syria despite being pressured from nearly all sides, has turned to the use of IEDs as a major force multiplier.

An investigator for Conflict Armament Research (CAR) told Foreign Affairs that ISIS’s use of IEDs has reached a “quasi-industrial scale.”

“It’s unprecedented. We have never seen this before — it’s in the thousands and thousands. It’s not just a few roadside bombs. There are literally fields of them,” the CAR researcher told Foreign Affairs.

CAR’s analysis has been confirmed by the US Department of Defence’s Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA). A spokesman from that organisation told Foreign Affairs that ISIS has totally changed the nature of the threat from IEDs in Iraq.

“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,” the JIDA spokesman told Foreign Affairs. “But now, we face IED factories on an industrial scale, with significant supply chains and funding lines.”
Actually, that should make it easier to find and destroy the production facilities and the logistic network it relies on.  It is not like they can build the things underground or hide them in the desert.   The IED factories should be a priority target for the Delta Force operators to locate so they can be bombed.  They should be bombed without warnings so that the facilities cannot be moved.   They are a legitimate target and those working in the plant are clearly ISIL fighters.

The US should treat the fields filled with IED's as a mine field and use explosive "rope" shot from tanks or other vehicles to clear a path through the field.


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