Captured ISIS weaponry provides valuable insight

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Thanks to the work of a Canadian woman, there’s now a database available on ISIS weaponry, which provides insight and intelligence about how the terrorist group operates, and will hopefully lead to its ultimate defeat.

Devin Morrow is a technical adviser with Conflict Armament Research Now, which is a U.K.-based company that traces and documents illegally diverted weapons in conflict zones like Iraq, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan, Libya, and Yemen.

According to Morrow, some of the self-made weaponry and war machines seized from the terror group were mind-blowing.

“It’s quite unprecedented, the level at which ISIS is able to create its own ammunition and weaponry,” Morrow told reporters. “We don’t see this quality of production in other conflict zones.”

One example was an ISIS-made tunnel machine which was found in Hamdaniyah last year after it had been used to bore extensive tunnel systems between houses and underneath roads to store munitions and confuse coalition forces in Mosul.

Morrow said that another popular weapon used by ISIS fighters is a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive, or SVBIED.

ISIS fighters apparently take civilian cars and SUVs, fill them with explosives, then disguise them with heavy metal plates. “They’re taking these regular cars and trucks from civilian people in Mosul and doing extensive modifications on them to make them into suicide vehicles,” she said.

Morrow often wears a bulletproof vest while she works on the front line of Iraq’s battle against ISIS to inspect each item of seized weaponry with the goal of uncovering its source and pathway.

“Our group actively tries to document individual items. That’s the first step in decreasing the proliferation of illegal weapons,” she explained. “By creating this database and by understanding corridors and trafficking among regions – where the weak parts are around the world – then we can create more robust and responsible international arms policies.”

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