2016-12-15 17:29:00
He spoke as new research showed found Isil has been able to fortify Mosul by manufacturing weapons in the city on an industrial scale with products largely purchased in bulk from Turkey. The study by Conflict Armament Research, a London-based arms research group, claimed Isil had kept a "robust and reliable" supply chain between Turkey and Iraq that allowed the fighters to produce tens of thousands of weapons. The group's researchers studied Isil weapons found at makeshift factories and on the battlefield during the Iraqi operation to retake Mosul. As the extremists fall back, they are losing their ability to make weapons on the same scale, but they are protecting the masterminds behind their arms programme, said James Bevan, the research group’s executive director.