A U.S. soldier looks at weapons and ammunition belonging to Islamic State militants in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq, December 14, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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QARAQOSH, Iraq: Factories churning out tens of thousands of munitions and an entire street turned into a conveyor belt for car bombs: Advances by Iraqi forces around Mosul have laid bare the scale of Daesh's (ISIS) arms production.The capability has seriously boosted the threat from the group as it battles ferociously to cling to territory in Iraq and Syria – and the fresh intelligence could now prove vital in countering its plots to carry out attacks on the West. AFP visited a number of sites where the group cannibalized existing infrastructure to create their own improvised arms factories.The white powder of homemade explosives spilled out of large bombs that the group had not had time to lay in the path of the advancing Iraqi troops.Bevan and teams from his organization have been on the ground in Iraq cataloguing the extent of Daesh arms production.Commanded by former Iraqi military and intelligence officers, the group has fought conventional campaigns with the help of its own improvised weaponry.
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