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Seven Indian companies supplying IED components to Islamic State: Report by CAR

The study reveals that companies based in 20 countries including India are involved in manufacturing, selling or acquiring components used by ISIS to produce Improvised Explosive Devices.

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A groundbreaking research by the Conflict Armament Research (CAR), titled “Tracing the Supply of Components used in Islamic State IEDs”, named seven Indian companies amongst those hailing from 20 countries in an extensive treatise on how the ISIS creates explosives using components.

The study revealed 51 companies based in 20 countries, including Turkey, India, Brazil, and the United States, which are involved in manufacturing, selling or acquiring more than 700 components used by the ISIS to produced Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The researchers maintain that a great deal of research is required to monitor to trade of chemicals, components and other items that ISIS uses to manufacturer bombs, and other explosives.

The results of this study, with regards to Indian corporations, reveal that detonating cords were manufactured and supplied by Gulf Oil Corporation, Solar Industries while detonating cords and detonators were provided by Premier Explosives, and Rajasthan Explosives and Chemicals. Chamundi Explosives was involved in providing safety fuse, while detonators were provided by Economic Explosives and IDEAL Industrial Explosives.

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The report explained, “Seven Indian companies manufactured most of the detonators, detonating cord, and safety fuses documented by CAR’s field investigation teams. Under Indian law, transfer of this material requires a license. All components documented by CAR were legally exported under government-issued licenses from India to entities in Lebanon and Turkey.”

The report also revealed that IS and its terrorists typically use the Nokia 105 mobile phones to remotely detonate their implanted bombs and CAR has been able to identify a transfer of shipments from Nokia Solutions and Networks based in India. CAR further added that the IS forces typically make use of detonating cords in their IEDs, in order to form an explosive train between the main explosive charge and the detonator and these are manufactured through commercial variants, which are commonly used in industrial and mining sectors.

CAR identified spools of detonating cords produced by India’s Solar Industries, which had been exported to the terror group via Turkey and Lebanon. The report states that on 31st December 2013, India’s Gulf Oil Corporation produced a spool of detonating cord, which was exported to the Turkish company, Nitromak Dyno Nobel. Similarly, in October 2012, Solar Industries exported two spools through Beirut-based Lebanese company Maybel.  On 27th February 2014, a spool of detonating cord manufactured by Solar Industries was exported through an Ankara-based Turkish company, İlci.

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The report even cited how the terror group used the detonating cord provided by an Indian company, stating, “CAR also documented the use of Solar Industries detonating cord by IS forces on the Makhmour front line in Iraq at the end of 2014. There is no evidence to indicate to which regional entity Solar Industries supplied the cord.”